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Edda Fjord, what a workboat

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now excited to have Ben Stein as very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Panbo is going to the next level in 2019 and beyond.

8 Responses

  1. JeffC_150W says:

    The “white apparatus” looks to me to be a crane assembly for launching ROV’s and the like over the side of the vessel rather than through the moon pool.

  2. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Fun with AIS: Tied up next to Edda was the strange looking and wonderfully named GIULIO VERNE ( http://goo.gl/AQsuv ). If you check out her tracking history at Marine Traffic, it’s evident that she went around the corner to Costa de la Calma and started laying cable toward Spain. Hard to tell the actual desination as they’re misusing the System by listing it as “CABLE LAYING OPRTNS”!
    PS I think you’re right, Jeff, and that may even be the ROV on deck.

  3. Norseman says:

    Hi Ben, looks like I am going full circle here.
    My job is as a software engineer with Kongsberg Maritime programming and commissioning the systems onboard these vessels.
    In my spare time I commission my sailboat with a new nmea2000 system and read my favorite blog Panbo to keep updated with all the new stuff coming out.
    Last job was a seven week sea trial with this one http://www.allseas.com/uk/58/equipment/lorelay.html
    Every night after work I checked in with Panbo.
    Maybe I should get a hobby further away from dayjob….

  4. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Interesting: Edda is equipped with SEVSAT broadband satellite communications, a product of Ship Equip, which just got bought by Inmarsat today: http://goo.gl/R0lP6
    Thanks for coming by, Norseman. I had a look the Lorelay, which is certainly an interesting craft, but Allseas’ new build Pieter Schelte is phenomenal. A 117 meter beam and the ability to pick up things the size of Edda Fjord!

  5. Norseman says:

    Hi again Ben,
    Yep the Pieter Schelte is an amazing build.
    They had to build a special dock for it, no docks in the world was big enough.
    There is some controversy regarding the name though, god ol Pieter, father of two brothers one head of Allseas the other Hereema, both comapnies having some of the worlds largest piplayer/heavy lift vessels, was on the loosing party of WWII support list
    http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2008-11-07-3812420165_x.htm
    But now I am getting far away from leisure boat electronics….

  6. Pat says:

    What an amazing piece of kit! Things really have moved on since my time! Think she may have to wait a while before going anywhere near Libya!

  7. Håvard Melvær says:

    Hi Ben
    Thanks for the nice words and the accurate description of the vessel.
    We’ve been lying in Palma harbour for a while now waiting for the Giuilio Verne to lay one of the new power cables between Mallorca and Spanish mainland. Our job in this project is trenching the cable into the seabed with the yellow Capjet ROV(Nexans), which uses powerful waterpumps (1MW) to make a trench under the cable. You can see the Capjet just behind the superstructure. We left Palma the 30th and are now just outside Santa Ponza trenching our way towards mainland a couple of days behind Giuilio Verne.
    brgds
    Håvard Melvær
    Master Edda Fjord.

  8. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Thank you so much for writing, Håvard. I can see by AIS that Edda is making way toward Spain at a stately 0.1 knots. And whereas Giulio Verne seems to be headed straight for Valencia, I wonder if you’ll eventually be trenching in over 4,000 meters of water. But maybe that’s not necessary or possible?
    This morning I tried to explain Edda Fjord to my wife and ended up saying something about brutish power with ballerina delicacy. She says Edda looks like a giant pickup truck 😉

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