Sunday, January 9, 2011

An enormous oil rig passed by our window today

An enormous oil rig-- the Kan Tan iv-- passed by our sea-scape today. Standing at least 50 m above sea-level, and with six huge "legs" and three cranes it was an impressive sight.

Heavy duty red tugs, complete with heli-pads, towed the oil rig from Bass Strait to an anchoring point off Cowes, where maintenance work will be carried out. The Far Scinar tug pulled the rig, while the Far Fosna tug-- at the rear -- kept it towing in the right direction. Its progress was slow, which helped the "bush telegraph" alert people along the route.

The stage across which the oil rig moved -- Western Port Bay -- lay as flat as a pancake, a rare event in itself.

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