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Old 05 February 2006, 12:41   #1
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Big Rib

Was out this afternoon and spotted some big RIB’s had two huge jet drives... A good thing they look to be owned by BP as god only knows how much they would burn in a hour.
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Wow what a monster - wonder if the RNLI will use them???
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Old 05 February 2006, 13:49   #3
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Wow what a monster - wonder if the RNLI will use them???
who knows - they have actually "borrowed" technology from the RNLI for them: http://www.fnc.co.uk/news_rnli_seat_arrc.shtml

There's more details about the boats here: http://www.hotribs.com/03press/198-d...delta-ribs.asp
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Yes I guessed they were Deltas - have been shown on here before - I remember someone pointing out what the boxes are for near the bows - for carrying dead bodies - yuch!!!
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Twin 1000 HP... not bad at all
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they were just starting to equip the BP fleet with these when I was last working on the North sea. I don't really sea them as Ribs more like Pilot type boats with toobs. Amazing craft!

They have multiple uses on site, one of which being a shuttle between the different platforms in a field. The toobs are very high for carrying out a rescue so I'll be trying to find out how they do it when I am next up there. I reckon it'd be Jacobs Ladders and maybe attached to an on board tugger, any body got any info on this. As it's BP you can bet an extraordinary amount of safety input went into the design.

It's big enough to have a Hiab but I didn't see one on any of the boats being delivered. I do believe that Delta and OD are producing the best Commercial ribs nowadays
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regarding any rescue attempt. They did seam to have doors in the side under what looked like solid parts of the “tubes”

quite agree with the comment about them being more pilot boats than RIB’s. they really are quite sodding huge things.
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