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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

Working the workboats

24 July 2015

There’s more and more stuff happening offshore in the UK – which means more and more work for British workboats. Holyhead Towing’s tug Afon Menai (Welsh for River Menai.) Here she is alongside at Boulogne, biding her time while a gale blows itself out. While we were filming the wind was up to 38 knots over the dock which made getting a steady shot a challenge.  Of which nothing showed on film, grrr! We interviewed trainee Jack Owen. Afon Menai is a fine ship, new and equipped to take on any task assigned to her – including servicing the offshore wind farms which are supposed to be a big part of the UK’s renewable energy supply in the future. Better hope that works as they’re receiving huge subsidies from all of us, added onto our electricity bills! See the film at

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About Rob

Rob is a TV producer, reporter and camera operator with 30 years of experience at the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN, in news, factual and documentary production. He is a four-time 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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