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Offshore: don't forget the piling

I read with interest your 'Wind of Change' article (NCE 1 May). The word 'seabed' does not appear in the main text of the article and only thrice elsewhere.

Attached to the main illustration there are 17 words under the heading "Seabed suitability". They are:- "Some seabed preparation may be required in advance to ensure the ground is level prior to installation".

I am sure that I do not need to forewarn the distinguished members of the consortium that have been working on these alternatives, that, the subject of the 17 words will constitute 90% of their problems.

The equilibrium of floating bodies is textbook engineering; what one encounters on the seabed is not.

Clifford Carvell (F), Carvell Consult, Headinglea Apt. 21, 5 The Avenue, Poole, Dorset, BH13 6AA

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