[QUOTE=anchorman;192035]Well, a congratulations must be in order for that effort, but I already knew that - so no cookie. Just pointing out the difference, not the origin.
And, then of course the obvious Norwegian “if it wasn’t for us” line that pops up from time to time, for which I have no good reason why this happens. It just does.[/QUOTE]
Oh you mean the line; " If it wasn’t because of Norwegian effort, the world would have come to a complete stop"?
That applies only to establishing world peace, not to really important issues, like Maritime know-how.
It is a fact that when oil was found in the Norwegian Sector of the North Sea, it was all by Americans using American technology and equipment. The rigs and boats used at that time were all built in America, for operation in the Gulf of Mexico and totally unsuited for North Sea conditions.
Pretty quickly Trawlers were converted to Seismic vessels and OSVs, built on experience from fishing in the area, replaced the mud boats from Morgan City, La.
Multi-hull ODECO designed rigs were soon replaced by more suitable twin-hull Aker H4s, which became the standard semi-submersible design world wide, incl. for ODECO designed and US rigs built after abt. 1975.
For a few years the rigs were still manned by Americans in senior drilling positions, but not for long.
By 1980 Norwegian designed and produced Drilling equipment came on the market, incl. Top Drive, Iron Roughnecks, Drew-works, pipe handling equipment etc. from Maritime Hydraulic, now TTS: http://www.ttsgroup.com/Former-Brand-Names/Maritime-Hydraulics/
and Hydralift, now NOV: http://www.norwaypost.no/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=13629
Both original companies were started by the same man in turn and are situated in Kristiansand, Norway.
Today nearly all new offshore rigs are equipped with Drilling equipment, Cyber chairs and control systems, as well as pipe handling equipment and Cranes designed in Norway. If in doubt, have a look around the rigs built after 2000 now working in the GoM. (Both Drillships, Semis and J/Ups)
Back to the aforementioned Seismic vessels: Nearly all purpose built Seismic vessels now in operation world wide are built and/or designed in Norway. Source and Streamer winches and other handling equipment is also from Norway. (Mostly by ODIM; now RRM) Many of the Seismic companies are Norwegian, or of Norwegian origin.
We have some Seismic guys on the forum who can confirm that.
Is that just bragging, or trying to rub it in??
No, of course not. It is just facts, even if it is hard to swallow.
[QUOTE=Fraqrat;192041]All of our arguments are invalid because Leif Erickson invented America and built the very first North American shipyard. They built UT-01 long ships with state of the art sails and azimuthing oars.[/QUOTE]
Well yes, but they didn’t like the place so went back to a friendlier Greenland.
PS> Don’t know about azimuthing oars “??” Did you mean slaves, or did you miss a letter in that last famous word??