HamiltonJet – Wind Farm

HamiltonJet – Wind Farm


My name’s Luke and I am the master on Iceni Defender and I work for Turner Iceni. My name is Peter staples. I’m the senior captain at Rhode Island Fast Ferry. I run all three of our boats in their various services. We have two fast ferries and we have a wind farm boat. There are different aspects to working in the UK, or Lowestoft particularly is, the biggest thing is weather. Working on the North Sea you can get some pretty harsh conditions which you’ve got to be very aware of and react quickly. For this job right here I think the unique aspect is the weather is frequently challenging, especially in the winter time. Certain times of year we get a lot of fog as well so that obviously affects our work schedule and adjusting our, days planning around that, and then tide as well. So we have a fair bit of tide up here. For the work we’re doing it can make it a little bit interesting. The advantage with being on a jet boat is the manoeuvrability so we can get into some pretty tight spaces in some fairly challenging conditions. One of the ferries has water jets and the other has props and the differences are that the water jet boats tend to be more manoeuvrable and a little smoother. Being on a jet boat compared to a prop boat you don’t have to use the elements of the weather and the tide as much to your advantage so you can work against them more and still achieve the same goal. On a jet boat you can basically do a three sixty around a turbine, whilst facing it. That is an incredible amount of manoeuvrability – that you can move a twenty three metre boat sideways, against tide and wind, where as on a prop boat you’d struggle a lot more to do that, or if not at all. Once you understand the principles of how you can use a jet effectively, it makes everything incredibly easy. The main advantage to the jet system, it’s got to be manoeuvrability. Working at sea conditions change very quickly, but with jets it’s always nice to know that you can get yourself out of a situation you might not necessarily want to be in and recover it without compromising the safety of the vessel or the crew.

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