Excalibur

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Excalibur

Postby creemaster » Tue Apr 09, 2019 1:06 pm

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Arriving yesterday at 7am from Ramsgate in tow of MTS VISCOUNT. Also aided in berthing by MTS VECTOR.
She is here to dismantle the two wind turbines off the coast which were the first offshore wind farm in the UK. OK so there were only two. OK so they have never worked for ages. Why? Because they did not bury the cable that connected the turbines to the shore and just laid it on the seashore. So it flexes with the power of the current, which produces waves, which if used right can produce hydro electricity, and it snaps!
So anyway they are coming down and one of the blades will be kept for use by the Harbour's training arm, Port Training Services.
No doubt more pictures of her will appaer in due course
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Graham
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Re: Excaliber

Postby magoonigal » Tue Apr 09, 2019 5:00 pm

You forgot to mention the lightening strike and the fact that they are probably rusted up solid!!
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Re: Excalibur

Postby creemaster » Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:53 pm

Offshore on Friday dismantling the UK's first offshore windfarm which has come to the end of it's 'operational life'

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Friday, one down, one to go. Presumably the underwater structures will also be removed in the coming weeks

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inbound under tow of Tyne tugs with dismantled wind farm bits

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alongside at Wimbourne to discharge dismantled wind farm bits :)
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Re: Excalibur

Postby creemaster » Mon Apr 29, 2019 12:48 pm

The technical term for the underwater structures are mono piles, the wind farm bits ar met masts :D
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