Ship Rocks Vigorously In Heavy Sea Storm
Not everyone has pleasant thoughts when they think about the great blue expanse. We here think that Hollywood is mostly to blame with their disaster movies. Some might say that it is not a big deal, how everything you see in movies is fake CGI stuff, but even the folks who draw and program those massive computer generated waves need to draw inspiration from somewhere. And that ‘somewhere’ friends, is none other than lovely Mother Nature.
There are thousands of maritime vessels currently in the world’s oceans, battling high winds and low seas. When the days and calm and sunny, business is doing pretty good. But when the times get tough, the tough get going and this here footage shows just how tough the men who work at sea are.
Dramatic footage, filmed 100 miles out at sea, has emerged showing what it's like on a large ship during a major storm. The video, filmed during Storm Gertrude from the bridge of a ship on January 29, shows powerful surges of water crashing against the vessel as it rocks and sways over the waves. You can even hear the ship creaking under the wrath of the storm. It really made our stomachs drop! As if the sight wasn’t bad enough, the hand-held camera also managed to pick up the sounds too!
The footage worthy of a Hollywood disaster blockbuster was shot by Chief Officer Graeme Hatley aboard the ERRV (Emergency Response & Rescue Vessel), a 150 foot long, 1100 tonne ship, as it is being thrown around in the rough sea. C.O. Hatley says that he has seen much worse in his career of 25 years rescuing boats on the wild seas.
Mr. Hatley said that they were expecting it to be like this two days prior. The storm was ‘quick to blow, quick to go’, meaning that the bad weather was intense, but died out quickly. “We were expecting the ferocity and the wave height and had gusts of over 100 knots before we lost our anemometer,” says officer Hatley. “We were, for the first time ever, given the chance to run for shelter but didn’t take it since most of us have been in worse weather and for a longer time.”
“A couple of years ago during something similar. It was the biggest wave I had filmed but lots of people were thinking it was CGI. Some people don’t believe it." says the 49-year-old officer.
The ship, manned by a crew that takes care of oil platforms and the people who work on them, was 100 miles northeast off the coast of Lerwick in the Shetland Islands of Scotland when this footage was taken.
The Emergency Rescue and Response Vessel is paid for by the oil industry and on duty 24/7 to make rescues at offshore oil platforms. Its importance is often overlooked, which may be due to the fact that their role is limited to standby duties and emergencies. Their roles, however, can vary between routine standby duties and collision avoidance duties.