Wk36-2017 HAPPY ROVER & QUISSAMA

Wheatstone spreader frames arrived on the yard for the load-out and installation of 10 spools

Welds are not coated to allow MPI on these welds.IMG_4910 kopiëren

Overview of the two Wheatstone frames with out-reachers to be installed spool dedicated.IMG_4914 kopiëren

Spreader frame in preparation for transport to the spool assembly area

The last three buoyancy tanks to be installed. By the end of September 2017, the SSCV Balder will be finishing its scope

Heerema barge H405 moored at the HPA quayside

BIGLIFT, HAPPY ROVER approached the yard to deliver installation equipment.

Spreader frame lifted from the SPMT’s ready to be installed at the spool assembly slot.
Happy Rover discharged its cargo and is ready to sale-away

Spreader-frame

New, small bore spool assembly is ongoing.

QUISSAMA NATIONAL PARC

Last weekend I visited Quiçama National Park, also known as Kissama National Park (Portuguese: Parque Nacional do Quiçama or Parque Nacional da Quissama), is the national park in northwestern Angola. It is the only functioning national park in all of Angola, with the others being in disrepair due to the Angolan Civil War.
The park is approximately 70 km from Luanda, the Angolan capital. The park covers 3 million acres (12,000 km²), more than twice the size of the U.S. state of Rhode Island.

 

What is now Quiçama National Park was formed as a game reserve in 1938. In January 1957, it was proclaimed a national park by the Portuguese administration of the Overseas Province of Angola.

The park once was home to an abundance of large game animals such as elephants and Giant Sable, but after wide-scale poaching during 25 years of civil war, the animal population was virtually eliminated.

In 2001, the Kissama Foundation, a group of Angolans and South Africans, initiated ‘Operation Noah’s Ark’ to transport animals, especially elephants, from neighbouring Botswana and South Africa. These animals, who were from overpopulated parks in their home countries, adapted well to the move. Noah’s Ark was the largest animal transplant of its kind in history and has given the park momentum to be restored to its natural state.

The restaurant at Quisama lodge. the lodge is managed by a friendly crew. As a regular visitor I am welcomed by the parc manager. In the evening I enjoy a simple but good dinner with a glass of wine and whisky as a desert. In the centre of the parc ‘Quissama loge’ is located. The lodge  is a gated area with accommodation to stay the night over. I visit the Quissama Lodge regular, at least twice per year and each time the Park improves.

The first Safari starts at 6:00 in the morning, a good time to se the most, only one problem, bad light for photographer. The Safari takes 3 hour through the park with an ancient UNIMOG

It is a great experience and the drive itself is already an adventure. We follow the dirt paths with the noisy truck.

The animals are used to the truck and visitors. 

The The wildebeests, also called Guns, are a genus of antelopes, scientific name Connochaetes. They belong to the family Bovidae, which includes antelopes, cattle, goats, sheep and other even-toed horned ungulates. Connochaetes includes two species, both native to Africa: the black wildebeest, or white-tailed gnu (C. gnou); and the blue wildebeest, or brindled gnu (C. taurinus). 

In East Africa, the blue wildebeest is the most abundant big game species; some populations perform an annual migration to new grazing grounds, but the black wildebeest is merely nomadic. Breeding in both takes place over a short period of time at the end of the rainy season and the calves are soon active and are able to move with the herd. Nevertheless, some fall prey to large carnivores. Wildebeest often graze in mixed herds with zebra which gives heightened awareness of potential predators.

Lamprotornis nitens (Cape Glossy starling, Glossy starling)  

The ‘Yellow-billed Hornbills'(Tockus leucomelas) is a Hornbill found in southern Africa. Yellow-billed hornbills feed mainly on the ground, where they forage for seeds, small insects, spiders and scorpions. This Hornbill species is a common and widespread resident of dry thornveldt and broad-leafed woodlands. They can often be seen along roads and water courses.

More giraffes here a complete family. The youngsters are protected by their parents. Very elegant and curious animals.

The monitor lizards are large lizards in the genus Varanus. They are native to Africa, Asia and Oceania, but are now found also in the Americas as an invasive species. A total of 79 species are currently recognized.

Monitor lizards have long necks, powerful tails and claws, and well-developed limbs. The adult length of extant species ranges from 20 cm (7.9 in) in some species, to over 3 m (10 ft) in the case of the Komodo dragon, though the extinct varanid known as megalania (Varanus priscus) may have been capable of reaching lengths of more than 7 m (23 ft). Most monitor species are terrestrial, but arboreal and semiaquatic monitors are also known. While most monitor lizards are carnivorous, eating eggs, smaller reptiles, fish, birds and small mammals, some also eat fruit and vegetation, depending on where they live. Picture below Monitor Lizard of 1.5m.

Crocodile on the borders of the Rio Kwanza

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