Like every job out there working offshore has its pros and cons, working offshore is not just a job but a lifestyle choice. Depending on your personal situation then it isn't the career choice for everyone, but I wouldn't change my job for the world.Read More
Half way through my month off at home and I received an email asking me to head out to Qatar to work on another project as opposed to travelling back to Senegal. As explained in my previous blog post this was not my first time in the Middle East but it was my first time in Qatar. I was yet to escape the hot weather but it was nothing compared to the 50C+ the guys had to endure in Abu Dhabi during mobilisation.Read More
have travelled to the Middle East a few times now but this was my first time visiting Qatar. I flew into Doha via London Heathrow a couple of days prior to heading offshore. The heat hit me as soon as I stepped out of the airport, 36C a dramatic change from the cold October English weather I was leaving behind. I am all for exploring, so as soon as I arrived in Doha I dropped my bags at the hotel, freshened up and headed out to see a few of the key Doha sights.Read More
I want to say a huge thank you to all of my amazing followers for the hundred of messages I have received via email and Instagram. Many of your messages contain similar questions so I thought it would be a good idea to put together a little questions & answers VLOG in a bid to answer as many of you as possible.Read More
I am so sorry that I havn't posted anything on here during my 6 week African adventure offshore Dakar, Senegal. Unfortunately the internet was limited onboard and unbearably slow so blogging was not on the agenda.
It has been over a year since I have worked on a campaign for Benthic and it was great to work once again with some familiar faces. This trip was spent onboard the Far Scout, one of the oldest and smallest vessels I have worked on to date. The majority of the crew were Brazilian so the language barrier was challenging but they were all very accommodating and friendly.
I cant disclose to many project specific details but I can confidently say that these were some of the most challenging ground conditions I have ever worked in. The drillers really had their work cut out for them as the material we were encountering was extremely strongly cemented. Despite these challenging conditions we managed to collect some interesting and surprisingly beautiful core samples which was a delightful change from the same boring old Grey Clay.
The days really did turn into weeks and the weeks soon enough turned into a month and before I knew it I was back home in Suffolk. This 6 week swing really did fly by for me and this is all down to the fact that I am so lucky to have a job which I genuinely enjoy and the added bonus of working with some great people to pass the time with. 12 hour days for 6 weeks solid really does take its tole on you both physically and mentally so upon returning home I have been enjoying some well deserved relaxation.
I recently invested in a GoPro, I wish I had brought this amazing little gadget sooner! I will be compiling my footage for you all to see next week. It is sometimes hard to describe in words what working offshore is like and what tasks are involved so I have captured a few of these key moments for you all.
The Offshore Blondie Instagram account was set up prior to this trip and I just want to say a huge thank you to those for following and continuing to support and comment. I have received hundreds of messages asking a variety of questions which I am going to try and answer in my first Vlog which will be live next week, so stay tuned!
My latest African adventure is now in full swing, and despite the not so best start (thanks to KLM luggage services), I am loving it. Saturday was a very long day of travelling, starting my journey at Norwich airport, hopping over the pond to Amsterdam. This leg of the journey was plain sailing until I saw the dreaded word ‘delayed’ next to my connecting flight to Paris. Due to ‘weather restrictions’ I made me final flight from Paris to Dakar by the skin of my teeth!Read More
What are your travel essentials? I am currently packing my hand luggage ready for my flight on Saturday. I would like to think that I am a now a pro when it comes to packing, there are a few essentials that I just can not travel without. The most precious of these items being a few photographs of my wonderful family, I like to think these keep me safe on my latest adventure.Read More