For a few year I received many photographs from Malta where ships from the Far East seem to have been stopping for a breather before moving on, and from where rigs on their way to the breakers and back into service have departed, so here is one, the VOS Paradise, one of the Vroon increasingly large fleet, on its way into service from the builders in China. It is an Ulstein PX 121.
Here is an unusual view of the Allseas pipelayer Audacia. It entered service in 2007 and maintains it position with Dynamic Positioning. It is interesting that the stinger down which the pipe is deployed is on the bow, so one assumes that when it is at work laying pipe it goes backwards. It was going to sea the other day from Ijmuiden after what the photographer described as a "winter layup" although the company media section has not chosen to tell us what this fine vessel is going to do.
The brand new PX 105 XBow the CBO Itajai which recently entered service in Brazilian waters, looking rather fetching in the afternoon sun. It is now quite difficult to get away from the XBow, or similar enclosed forecastles. I suppose that once it was found that the seafarers making fast did not complain too much about the difficulties there was no limit to what the designers could think up. This ship, unusually for a PSV, has a crane on a rail capable of running fore and aft down the port side.