On the gas

Ge­orge Du­bose

Yachting Monthly - - THE END -

While sail­ing from Hel­goland to­wards ‘the Gat’, at 0300 I spot­ted what looked like a 900ft ship mov­ing east ahead of us. It ap­peared to be a su­per­struc­ture with a white bow light.

I kept a close eye on this ves­sel, which seemed to be mov­ing very slowly. As my chart­plot­ter was not show­ing the ship’s po­si­tion or AIS in­for­ma­tion, I couldn’t get a clear read of its in­tended course. Ap­par­ently we were sev­eral miles north of the ves­sel. After an hour, when we were much closer, I con­sid­ered whether to try and cross in front of the ves­sel or be­hind it. I be­gan to think it was an­chored, pos­si­bly wait­ing for a tide change. When I could no longer see the white light on the bow, I picked up the binoc­u­lars. Fi­nally, I could see that the su­per­struc­ture was not a ship, but a gas plat­form. Mov­ing not at all.

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