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Updates from Maritime Film UK’s Rob White, TV producer, reporter and camera operator with 30 years’ experience at the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN

Down, down, deeper and down

18 February 2015

Shieldhall’s boiler cleaning continues – now it’s getting intimate. Here’s one of the engineering team inside the furnace – the bit that’s an inferno of burning fuel oil when the ship is under way. To enter it, the heroic cleaners have to lie on their backs (like a car mechanic on his under-the-car trolley) and slide in through an opening about the size of an ordinary kitchen oven door. Then it’s clean by hand again, in a space not much wider than your shoulders. (Anyone with the slightest tendency to claustrophobia need not apply.) There’s a twist, too: the inside of the boiler has a corrugated surface, just right for all the soot and muck to collect in. So, being one of the volunteers looking after Shieldhall’s boilers means taking the term “enthusiast” to a whole new level… and they do…

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About Rob

Rob WhiteRob is a TV producer, reporter and camera operator with 30 years’ experience at the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN, in news, factual and documentary production. He is a four times award winner, whose awards include a coveted Royal Television Society award for his work on Channel 4 News. His association with The Maritime Foundation goes back to 1995, when he won the first Desmond Wettern Maritime Media Award for a series of reports that led to a major documentary on the loss of the bulk carrier Derbyshire.

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