TLP Hook Up/Mate Up 1984
TLP HOOKUP taken onboard accommodation barge Fortuna Ugland, the hook up/mate up took place in the Moray Firth just off Findhorn. I was one of the few welders on the actual hook up, the mate up part of the job was a massive welding job which needed hundreds of men. I remember prior to the mate up with the leg section we had to travel from Aberdeen up to Inverness by coach then get to the barge holding the deck by launch, this was due to a strike with helicopter pilots. My foreman was a guy called Watty Forrest, an old pipeline welder, a really nice guy. I hear now the TLP has been part scrapped and the leg section is in Scotland. The Fortuna Ugland at the time was new and had a sauna and pool onboard, which compared to the Balder, DB100 etc was a different world, ha.
Picture added on 11 June 2012 at 09:06