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A better man than I am!!
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No: 2349   Contributor: Alan Clark (Oilslick)   Year: 1978   Country: United Kingdom
A better man than I am!!

Bet there aint many out there now who have seen these things!! Claymore approx september 1978. It was brought out together with a bell to inspect for damage.

A few months into the hookup the standby trawler was withdrawn from the field. When finally leaving the auto pilot was set for Aberdeen and the skipper/mate took his eye off the ball. 5 minutes later the trawler ran under the rig at full power and was jammed there. Skipper hadn't upgraded the nav system to show the presence of the Claymore, which hadn't been there at all when the trawler first came into the field 6 months previously, and,as luck would have it, was directly in the line of travel set by the autopilot. The damage cost millions and kept me on the rig for an extra year, and cost a rigger his fingers from one hand. Anybody else remember this??
Picture added on 29 February 2012 at 16:54
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Cracking story Alan, sorry I took so long to publish it!

Added by Garve Scott-Lodge on 29 February 2012.
It is a brilliant story. Image looks like an early "JIM" ADS, approx max depth of nearly 500 metre, takes a special person (nutter) to jump in to one of them!!

At least once inside, a constant 1 bar pressure meant no stops.

Added by Terry Healy on 29 February 2012.
I find a lot of your stories very interesting alan, keep them up!

Added by Electrical Tech on 29 February 2012.
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