posted on Jun, 27 2010 @ 03:05 PM
I'm new here (been lurking awhile though) and I've been watching the feeds a lot. I've noticed that ever since the tilt of the BOP started
becoming more apparent, it seems like they are being very careful about what camera views are shown. All the ROV's that are sitting watching the
flow have the cameras zoomed in a lot farther than before. A lot more of the ROV feeds go down now more often it seems like. I also don't ever see
a shot of the whole BOP from a distance anymore like I remember seeing earlier.
But from what I have seen, I can tell the BOP is tilting a lot. You can tell that the flow is going up at a different angle than the the pipe it is
coming out of. The ropes that float straight up attached to the ROV's and other pieces of equipment are also an indicator of the tilt.
For example, just now Boa Deep C ROV2 was examining what appeared to be a large pipe rising out of the sea floor (maybe the bottom of the BOP?).
There was a lot of dust flying around so it was hard to tell. It was whitish on the bottom and turned black as it went up. The camera never went up
high enough to confirm whether it was the bottom of the BOP or not or to see if it was tilted. Another ROV was also visible, but it's feed was not
showing (it might have been Boa Deep C ROV 1). Then the video froze, I reloaded the page and now the video doesn't load at all.
EDIT TO ADD PICTURES:
Here are some shots I took from the feeds to illustrate evidence of the tilting. I added some red arrows to make it easier to see.
In this shot, you can see the floating streamer to the far left attached to the rod going across the flow. Since the top of the streamer is buoyant,
it will always point pretty much straight up. If you check the feed, you can see it for yourself (as long as they haven't changed the zoom or
In this shot, you can see some white dispersant coming out of a small tube at the far right. This stream also is flowing pretty much straight up.
Compare this to the angle of the main pipe and you can tell the BOP is tilting pretty badly now.
[edit on 27-6-2010 by bdw18_123]