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Mystery vessel

We passed this ship in the Pentland Firth about five years ago. Does anyone know the lay out of a vessel like this and can someone tell me is it a cable laying ship, or why would it have the bridge so far forard?
I am open to answers.
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Picture added on 14 September 2009 at 18:32
Hi John , stick your pic on www.trawlerpictures.net , there's a guy on there who's a whizz at identifying ships
Added by John on 14 September 2009
I think its the Berge Hugin.

Added by Tommy Kirkpatrick on 14 September 2009
John, can you zoom in on the original photo and read the name on the stern quarter? The black and white funnel markings should give a clue as to her identity. Looks like a pipe or cable carrier which would supply a laying vessel.
Added by Dave Smith on 16 September 2009
Think its the Berge Hugin.Google the name and theres a fair bit about her.
Added by Tommy Kirkpatrick on 17 September 2009
Have just had a look at this ship that I photographed away back,quite amazing that such a vessel is able to do such precision work, there was me thinking it was a cable laying ship .

Thank you Tommy for opening my eyes to what a passing vessel might be capable of, as I have said so often you just never know what shipping is passing through the Firth day in and day out.
Added by John Budge on 11 November 2009
John, keep an eye out for the 'Yeoman' ships, carrying Scottish granite from the Glensanda quarry in Morvern on the west coast, up to 97,000 tonnes per cargo! I believe it's the biggest hole in the ground in Europe now. They're usually en route to and from the continent via the Pentland Firth.
Added by Dave Smith on 12 November 2009
Yes thanks Dave, I see them regularly, we were called to stand by one of them one day a few years ago. They had a problem with their rudder jammed hard over, not very nice thing to happen in the Pentland Firth .
I believe the stone is so heavy and can be loaded so fast they cant deballast fast enough- loading has to stop to allow the ship to trim before all the cargo is taken on board.
Added by John Budge on 13 November 2009
I'm lucky enough to live overlooking the Pentland Firth and we see ships of all shapes and sizes. The "Ship AIS" makes identifying them much easier.

The "Yeoman" ships do, indeed, pass by regularly. We just call them the quarry boats.
Added by Ann on 13 November 2009
the ship is the Berge Hugin or was, when she came out first she was used as a tanker and when she first went to load off the west of Ireland she lost a crew member over the side, she then went to the UK and got fitted out as a FPSO, dont know where she is now, but looking at the picture that was taken around when she lost the crew member
Added by James Sullivan on 07 September 2013
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