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1972 to 2018
|09/30/2019 - 09:29||Thuan Van||
In July 1978 We were rescued by the Crew of the Gadinia when our boat engine broke down and we were drifting in the south China Sea for 43 days ! We had ran out of food and water. and had sick children aboard. If it wasn't for the Gadinia and crew I wouldn't be here today writing this. Grateful thanks to Gadinia and Crew. would love to get in contact with any crew members that wera on the same time as us.
|03/07/2012 - 02:57||Alan Knight||
In August 1972, I was appointed 3/O of "Gadinia", the first of the "G" Class, which was under construction at Chantiers de l'Atlantique in St. Nazaire, on the West coast of France. The Master was Capt. Simon Darroch, C/O John Leach, 2/Os John Voisey and Brian Davidson, C/E Don Worrall, R/O John Norton, Instrument Technician Nigel Chadderton, Bosun So Sau Kwai from Hong Kong. We lived in the Dauphin Hotel, and went to the shipyard by taxi. Our days were spent checking equipment, and familiarizing ourselves with the ship's systems, including the Marconi Predictor radar, which was an early attempt at ARPA, using magnetic tape recording (which was its Achilles Heel; it tended to jam at critical moments!). The stainless steel tank membrane was the subject of intense quality control, usually by Superintendent Dickie Lowe. Shortly before sea-trials, we moved on board. On sea-trials "Gadinia" managed an impressive 19.6 Knots.
On our return to St. Nazaire, the liquid nitrogen tank was to be filled by the shipyard. The ship's plans called for a water-filled overflow drum atop the Compressor House, but it had not been fitted by the shipyard, who insisted that a "gooseneck" was all that was needed. As the ship still belonged to the shipyard, Capt Darroch told us to stand back and watch from the bridge-wing. As the tank filled, the N2 vapour became heavier and heavier, and then liquid nitrogen at -183C began pouring from the gooseneck onto the Compressor House deck, which cracked like shattered glass! The shipyard workers leapt onto the rails so their feet didn't get cryogenically "burned". We watched from the bridge-wing, hooting with laughter! With a broad grin, Captain Darroch said "I told them that would happen". Shortly after, the shipyard fitted the over-flow tank as per the plans!
After crossing the Indian Ocean, we nearly met with disaster in the Malacca Strait when the tanker "Losina" sheered out of the NW-bound lane, swerved across our bow, and passed down our Starboard side at 2 cables!!
The first loading at the new LNG plant at Lumut was interesting, and involved using the huge "hammerhead" crane from which the loading arms were suspended above the stern loading platform. The first loading was uneventful, until the time came to depart. When I went forward to re-set the Fisher valve, I realized that it was covered by a swarm of angry bumble-bees! I had to retreat and rig a fire hose to wash them off the valve before we were able to get under way to Sakai City. After transitting the Palawan Passage, we reached Japan, and "Gadinia" was escorted into Sakai City by fire-boats and Japan Coast Guard patrol boats.We delivered the first cargo several days ahead of the contracted schedule. It was a great team effort, and I am happy to have been a part of it. Alan Knight.