The search for oil and natural gas in the North Sea has brought more than the usual problems for the backers.
AERIAL VIEW Oil rig at sea, boat moored alongside (3 shots)
GV and SV Boat leaves side of rig (2 shots)
GV and SV Tow rope let out of boat (2 shots)
SCU's Crew operating machinery(2 shots)
GV Tow rope out with iceberg in background
MV's Drilling operation(3 shots)
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Background: The search for oil and natural gas in the North Sea has brought more than the usual problems for the backers. Not only do the men working far out at sea have to contend with high seas and bitterly cold winds, but there is also the added problem posed by icebergs.
Off the coast of Newfoundland there's and area known by the oilmen as Iceberg Alley. The problem isn't too great on fine days when floating icebergs can be spatted by helicopter and tracked. If they look like striking a floating oil rig it is possible to divert their course. If the iceberg is small enough it is also possible to blow it up.
But when Iceberg Alley is shrouded by fog the danger reaches a critical stage. One oil company surveying the area has specially equipped ship standing by . when an iceberg is spotted, the ships is made ready. The iceberg is tracked and if fog is predicted the ship moves out to intercept. When it becomes obvious the iceberg is heading towards the rig the ship attaches lines and takes the lumbering lump of ice in two Once out of danger the ship lets go.
SYNOPSIS: Men working on the rigs can expect to make around a thousand dollars a month....but they earn it. The unpredictable weather in the area....not to mention the icebergs....make it one of the hardest jobs in this mechanised age.