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Old 05-31-2010, 08:03 PM   #1
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Default What are these boats/platforms doing in Pensacola Bay? pics included

<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: 12px;">What are these boats/platforms doing in Pensacola Bay? Curiosity has got the best of me. I was wondering if this has anything to do with the oil spill or what.<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: 12px;">Heres the Pics:<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: 12px;">
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Old 05-31-2010, 08:33 PM   #2
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I have been wondering the same thing. They have been moored up at night at NAS with the Coast Guard Cutters. With that being said it makes me believe they have something to do with the oil clean up...I just don't know what.
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Old 05-31-2010, 09:14 PM   #3
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the jack-up rig will be used as a on- site platform for the oil spill if needed. Food, water berthing, crane etc.
The dredge barge as far as I know is not part of the spill unless it showed up this weekend.

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Old 05-31-2010, 10:49 PM   #4
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We watched the dredge barge this past Saturday run down the beach about mile off heading east to west. I think it's a new arrival to our area.
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Old 06-01-2010, 05:31 AM   #5
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Those lift boats are like miniature rigs. Not sure what they would do to help the spill. You can house a crew on them, feed your people, work off them etc. I have used them in Mobile Bay to work on natural gas wells. Not sure what they would do here in Pensacola. Good question.
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Old 06-01-2010, 08:53 PM   #6
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The OLE Jack Up Boat.

Hey, I used to work on one of those Jack up boats out of Venice. I worked in East Bay off Venice. It looks like an EBI boat, thats the same company I worked for. The Jack up boats are awesome. One day we jacked the whole boat about 50ft. off the water so the boat could get at the same height as the Rig. We did a heavy lift one day, the large crane would not pick up the item, limit switch was at capacity with the item. We lacked about 1ft. from having the item high enough for the place for it to go. With the crane unable to make the final 1ft. lift, the captain went it the wheel house and Jacked the boat up the addtional foot or so we needed to finish the lift. These boats are AWESOME with the cabilities of lifting items. The boat I was on was the Mike Martin. The boat had 125ft. legs on it. There were many times that we would be Jacked up the limit of the legs. The legs would sink in the mud in East Bay along way before hitting solid ground. The legs have big Pads on the bottom of them. The Mike Martin had 2 generators on it. we would swap generators everyday. Gen. 1 would run one day while Gen. 2 would get a break, and Vice versus. One day we put a large truck on the deck of the boat. Man those were the days. These boats are floating work barges. Fuel, fresh water, beds, galley, bathrooms and showers. The boats still amaze me today!!!!!!!
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