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!