Well, that’s it, well after eight PM and I’m still awake, perhaps my body clock is adjusting early! I doubt it though, more like the excitement of one week off, hen house building, wind turbine fettling and of course pig delivery. Well that and the glass of red wine that just appeared on the kitchen table whilst I was in the bath
My first week on the good ship Hallaig on Raasay is over and it’s been a pure pleasure to work on her. Sure there’s an awful lot to take in but we’ve a couple of extra crew and great ‘back up’ from John and Darryl of Tecsource http://tecsource-eecs.co.uk/ and Alexander of Imtech http://imtech.com/EN
the two companies at the heart of our electronic and hybrid systems. It’s really been a week of drills, developing procedures for various scenarios and familiarization of the various systems in service. We’ve all been trying very hard to break her but aside from from odd technical glitch the worlds first sea going RoRo hybrid ferry is performing very well. A credit indeed to the team that designed her, the yard that built her and the guys from CMAL and CalMac who oversaw the build. Hopefully it’ll not be long before she’s in service but you just cannot believe the amount of paperwork, certification and procedures that have to be in place before that can happen. Anyway, that’s me ‘signed on’, the third crew member in the ‘articles’
A written set of conditions under which sailors or merchant seamen sign on for a given voyage. A ship’s articles set forth the pay and other benefits due to the seaman as well as the treatment he may expect and the penalties for infractions of the various rules and standards set forth in the articles.
and to be honest I was a little reluctant to leave OK, not actually ‘reluctant’ but certainly not full of the usual enthusiasm to get home that I’ve been suffering this last year or so.
As usual I was up far too early, but that was fine, I did the blog, washing up, got the Dude to the 7:55 ferry and washed the wife’s car in the pishing rain. The sunrise over Inverarish being but a temporary glitch
Actually it wasn’t such a bad day with the ‘seamen’ busy painting and me trying my hardest to ‘blackout’ the ship and then get it working again. All in all I was quite pleased with the results Restoring power on a ship is quite important, restoring it on one with two 500hp ‘permanent magnet’ electric motors is essential
I just love these two 375kw ABB motors that drive our ship along at 9knts, hardly any noise, no vibration, smooth delivery and instant response.
This will be the ‘aft machinery space’, battery room and just one of the many fire fighting related pumps.
The forward one is pretty much the same, so much so that I forget which one I’m in
Only it houses the hydraulic power pack and not the ‘aquamist’ system.
After a day that just seemed to ‘fly by’ I headed home and managed to stay awake until 22:00 (just) in the hope that I’d awake at a sane time. It was not to be and by 5:00am on Tuesday I was up and about, eventually settling on going out for an hour with the shotgun in the hope of bagging a rabbit. I never saw a single one on the clear and cold morning that greeted me but it passed an hour pleasantly before I headed down ‘Calum’s road’ at 10mph in wifey’s Almera. Not that the road is that bad, just that I was really enjoying the journey, on this the first frosty morning of the winter.
Not that it was frosty, or even that cold at Arnish, but it was as I got inland and higher towards the barren moorland of Glam
which even boasted an ice covered pothole!!!
Unlike the section of smooth new ‘black top’ towards the youth hostel which is now ‘pothole free’, well almost Incidentally the YH could be yours for a mere £175k http://search.savills.com/property-detail/gbperspes130046 about the price of a broom cupboard in Knightsbridge. However unlike that part of the world you won’t need a burglar alarm or be worried about getting you Jag ‘clamped’. In fact your car won’t even need an MOT if you don’t take it off the island
Arriving at work just as my old ship was departing her berth
and once more doing some more exercises in ‘blackout recovery’.
Whilst I was busy doing ‘ship stuff’ others were braving the fierce tides of the Raasay Narrows in search of scallops
something I did myself for many years
Amongst other things I fitted a radio controlled remote control to the gangway winch before handing over to my ‘back to back’ and driving home to swap my SIM cards.
The ‘smart phone’ my son gave me is worse than useless away from the 3g mast at the south end so I resort to my trusty clockwork Nokia once I’m home. Seriously though what is so ‘smart’ about a phone that is useless at making phone calls????