is the Aries Marine platform ship Betty Pfankuch
alongside the Stena Forth in the Gulf of Mexico,
with a full deck cargo. This is known as a "Spud
Boat", the first ship to arrive at a drilling rig on
a new location carrying all th essentials required
to start a new well. The pipe for those unfamiliar
is the first length of casing, and although I have
not see this before, I believe the yellow lengths
will be the one at the top, since they are marked
with numbers so the ROV can see how deep the bottom
end will be below the seabed.
Photo by Paul Morris and posted here on
24th April 2012.
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