Life at the end of the road

August 11, 2013

A lot to take in

Filed under: daily doings, New hybrid ferry — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:07 pm

Sunday evening now it’s a good deal cooler, greyer and damper than yesterday, consequently my chilled German beer, or is it beir or bier doesn’t taste half as good. Still it’s been a good day at the yard and I picked my work so as to be ‘down below’ during the occasional shower. I also left my camera down below every time a ship went by so have little in the way of pictures today on that front. That was despite a large cruise ship just departing Greenock Ocean Terminal just a few moments ago.

Royal Caribbean’s ‘Vision of the Seas’ just sailed past my window on her way to Dublin



And whilst checking out the AIS for the cruise liner I spotted Lizzie, a 6m long ‘high speed craft’ doing 21.4knts along Drumfrochar road Smile Smile Smile Methinks some clown has left his AIS switched on and is heading home with is boat on the back of his car Smile He’s now down the A78 heading for Inverkip at 25knts Smile

The general cargo ship Veerseborg sailed up the Clyde towards Glasgow with what looked like wind turbine towers on deck,


Meanwhile on the Hallaig

My day was once more spent trying to digest the many different systems aboard the MV Hallaig, concentrating today on the many fuel valves both manual and remotely operated. As well as visiting some of the spaces that would normally only be opened in dry dock



or monthly maintenance.


This being one of the two forward ‘dry tanks’ and a section of the double bottom, with one of the two fresh water tanks, with all these sealed compartments the Hallaig is a very safe ship.



Something I’ll need to familiarize myself with more are the two anchor windlass’s and capstans that are a completely different design to what I’m used to. This is the forward one, and unlike the Striven, both are on the same side, this being the port side which is only accessible to the crew, hence the ordinary railings. The starboard side and all open deck railings accessible to the public have ‘idiot proof’ ones, a good move if not a little unsightly and of course much heavier. Many is the time I’ve stopped unsupervised (and supervised) children trying to climb over our through horizontal ones Sad smile

The technicians from Tecsource the main contractor for making everything work on the electrical side were busy today.

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And in between working on fuel flow sensors took time to explain the networking system and some of the UPS systems, of which there are many. This vessel has more ‘Uninterrupted  Power Supplies’ than you can ‘shake a stick at’ Smile


They also ran up the aft generator


but now I have to go out for dinner Smile

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