I have been away a while! I am back!

I have not posted anything on Hive in... 4 days and that is highly unusual for me. This is because I was just too busy at work for long hours. I wake up at 5am and get on the road by 6am. I am on site from 6:45am till around 6:00pm and then drive back home.

I knew the second week of dock work, that I was going to be fatigued and that posting was going to be a struggle but this was compounded as my partner was going through a lot.

Family is important and Hive will be there when you get back to it!

Above is a picture of me next to the Crawler of the Benguela Gem. They lower this thing down on to the ocean floor where it drives around grinding up the seabed and sucks up gravel that is then processed aboard the vessel.

It is really massive. The tracks are far behind me and each link on that track is longer than my forearm! The track itself stands above my shoulder. Then there is another 2.5-3 lengths of my height to get to the top of this thing. If I had to crouch, three people should be able to walk through underneath it side by side.

We have concluded our work on the ship's Chiller and to verify that the work was done correctly was Pawel. He is a Polish man who lives in Norway and works as a technician there. He does do some local work there but he travels all over the world to do work as well.

In the picture above there is also an elevator technician from the Netherlands and a supervisor for Damen Africa.

It was a beautiful day out on my last day on this work scope. The two weeks had a lot of rain and the mountain was mostly obscured most of the time.

It is a long walk to my car. Unfortunately there are too many people working on this site to allow a parking lot next to the vessel that accommodates all the vehicles.

So I have to leave through two gates, cross a road and a railroad track set and then walk down to where my car is.

Here you can see the vessel sticking out over the site establishment. This is its height while standing on the water. It is not in the dry dock.

This is the largest diamond mining vessel in the world. It exceeds the Mafuta, the previous record holder by a good 13m I believe. That vessel is also part of the same fleet of ships and works for the same company.

And in the final picture you can see both the additional parking and a part of Cape Town CBD with some of its taller buildings in the foreground. This parking stretches on into the distance and I need to drive around this whole section before I can get to the road that is alongside and then travel along my way towards the gates of the harbor.

Well, that's an update about me and what i have been busy with for the last while. I have a lot to catch up on!

Thank you for reading!


Hive South Africa

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