On the gas
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.