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The Hutton TLP in the Moray Firth

The Hutton TLP in the Moray Firth

Date Added: 01 January 2009 Contributor: Calum Davidson Year: 2009 Picture No: 2273

Bit of a ship spotters one, but here is the Hull of the Hutton TLP (Tension leg Platform) on route from Murmansk to Cadiz. Many folk will remember it as it was built at Nigg in 1984, and also for the industrial relations issues around some of the working conditions within the Hull in hot weather.

She lost a tow chain north of Shetland, which was then fixed, but the tugs seem to have lost time and fuel, so they appear to have diverted to the Firth to Bunker.

According to the Port Authority, the TLP will not be entering the firth though, she is staying out side whilst the tugs will take it in turns to fuel, I assume.

The ship in the Foreground is the Rumanian vessel, Shecksna, at anchor.

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Memories of that back in 1984 in Nigg and I was only 20, Tenerife Lounge then Dillengers on the Saturday night Comment left on 02 January 2009 at 00:35 by Mark(SubSea)
A blast from the past when I saw the hull of the TLP anchored in the Cromarty Firth. Many happy days spent on B Shift with workmates on this project. Comment left on 26 January 2009 at 21:00 by Willie Mckintosh
I worked on the TLP as a cleaner for Lasalle Petroleum - oh happy days Comment left on 03 July 2009 at 12:50 by Eggsy Ward
An episode of the BBC4 TV series 'Crude Brittania' a week or so back showed this beast being constructed and launched, and having the 'top half' fitted in situ.
Very impressive stuff!
Comment left on 03 July 2009 at 14:54 by Sheila Currie
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