Saturday, May 22, 2010

Compass Adjusting on the mussel barge M.V. Gulf Trader

After a sunny trip to Whitianga on Wednesday,  I drove to Coromandel on Friday in showery to rainy weather. It was blowing a gale of wind in Thames, NZ and further along the coast as I headed for a Compass Adjustment job on a special purpose mussel barge near Coromandel Town. Once driving over the steep and curvy bits of highway the weather calmed down and conditions were good in the sheltered bay off Te Kouma Road. I had a short wait as the crew offloaded about 30 tonnes of mussels in large bags. These were hoisted off with the boat's crane then picked up with a forklift to load into trucks. Once that was completed we headed off into the bay for the compass swing and adjustment. Back at the wharf the crew got the news that more mussels were wanted at the factory so they were off for another load which left little of Friday afternoon for R+R. Over the hill on the way home it rained again so having nice weather for the adjustment was a bonus.

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