Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The Oil Rig Kulluk, Being Turned into Razor Blades


Posted on facebook by KMXT Radio in Kodiak.  Photo by USCG Petty Officer Class Jonathan Klingenberg.  hat tip to Steve Heimel

5 comments:

PParker said...

Thanks for posting this, Philip. So far, not even the NYTimes has this photo. And for tracking the debacle, step by sickening step.

Anonymous said...

Another open water Oilybombination!

edmond nelson said...

Phil I really like what you are doing!

I wanted to find out what the gross tonnage of the Kulluk was, and to figure from that, what the tow lines should have been in size, I figure they would have to be the biggest thing available, like over 5" but it is arcane knowledge, and surprise, I can't even find the
gross tonnage of the barge. but it sure ain't something to be towed by anything less than 4'' ropes.. says me who don't go to sea.

edmond nelson said...

Phil you did a good deed to put up these photos,

Like I say, how come there ain't any specs about the gross tonnage of the pc a crap vessel? like most ships, and that would be something to put up against the little tiney ropes used to tow it, should have been the biggest thing available, like well, 6'' thick, with the chain lead to act as shock absorber, and you know, so much more than land lubbers like me !
And redundancy like more than what is needed would be the order of the day, what are they thinking?... answer: they ain't thinking, cause they are not up to the job, but far from that..... they don't even have any clue..... (that is my, humble opinion on it...

edmond nelson said...

dear phil, I have talked to you on one of the bloggs back a couple, and we didn't seem to see eye to eye all that much at the time, however, in these last few months, I like what your doing, in particular about things maritime, such as this latest fool thing, the Kulluk.

I am appalled at the way that the damned fools would try to tow that ponderous thing with too small ropes, and all that, I think I know enough in my little experience on barges in SF Bay, and working the ships up and down the coast, you see the sizes of the tow ropes, and no you can't tow a barge of that size... (what is the gross tonnage of that hulk?? I couldn't find it very plainly displayed anywhere. but it must be over 200k tons don't you think, and if so, the dual tow ropes on that kind of a thing with huge sail area, would be a lot more than... 4'' ropes. well they broke didn't they!