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The Story of My Working Life

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As the first North Sea Oil makes landfall in Orkney, our protagonist steers mammoth oil tankers through some of the planet's most treacherous waters... This narrative is a testament to the power of resolve, proving that with unwavering dedication, the path to extraordinary achievement is always navigable.

By Bob Sclater.

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Embark on a riveting journey of ambition and valour that takes a young sailor from the humblest of beginnings in the Merchant Navy to the apex of the marine world. This tale of ascent is punctuated by thrilling perils at sea: accidents, collisions, blazes, and even the perils of war.

As the first North Sea Oil makes landfall in Orkney, our protagonist steers mammoth oil tankers through some of the planet's most treacherous waters, skilfully averting near-catastrophes and environmental hazards with expertise. His career crescendos as he assumes the mantle of authority over one of the U.K.s most multifaceted Harbour Authorities, overseeing port operations, towage, ferries, and the burgeoning oil sector.

A highlight of his tenure includes securing the prestigious BP contract to tranship the first North Atlantic Crude Oil into Flotta Oil Terminal, a testament to his professional acumen. This narrative is a testament to the power of resolve, proving that with unwavering dedication, the path to extraordinary achievement is always navigable.

Bob Sclater was born, grew up and educated in Kirkwall Orkney. In 1956, at the age of 15, set off to sea, and spent seven years in the Merchant Navy as a deck hand sailing world-wide. He had obtained 2nd Mate and master mariners foreign going certificates and sailed as an officer for a further 12 years. In 1976, Bob became a marine officer/pilot when the first North Sea Oil came ashore to the Flotta Oil Terminal in Orkney and served in this post for nine years. He got promoted to deputy and then director of harbours with Orkney Islands Council for another 12 years. In 1999, Bob became a local authority councillor for eight years and an honorary sheriff for the past 15 years. He lives in Kirkwall and is married with three grown up children - all working outwith Orkney.

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