WITH the quaysides remaining devoid of commercial shipping again last week, attention has been drawn offshore to the vessels which have arrived to undertake work on the windfarm extension. Most prominent amongst these is the pontoon Bodo Installer [1992gt] from which much of the work to set out the 17 new turbines, will be carried out. Built in Germany in 1982 the pontoon carries an array of specialised equipment needed for the work on the seabed. The vessel set out from Wilhelmshaven at the end of October and spent ten days at Great Yarmouth before continuing her voyage to Herne Bay. Bodo Installer was brought from Great Yarmouth by two Dutch tugs, the 25 metre Bommel [174 gt] which was built only last year, and her smaller counterpart Babe. This latter tug is eight years old and 22 metres in length. The three-ship group arrived off Herne Bay last Monday and work began the next morning, while Babe [123 gt] herself put into the harbour last Wedresday. Meanwhile, the town’s adopted freighter Pluto [1 ,530gt] has remained busy taking cargoes to Ipswich and sand to Ramsgate after which she sailed for Cherbourg to load stone.
Herne Bay Gazette, November 19th 2014