The boat was now in shocking condition, the tail shaft bearing had gone the generator was worn out, and the boat had not been docked for 2 years. I had managed to score a good wellhead removal contract in Indonesia but I had no money to get their boat up to scratch and mobilize the project. I borrowed $1,000 dollars off everyone that that would lend it to me and prayed that they wouldn’t talk to each other! I docked the boat in Singapore and headed back to Indonesia with a new Registration a new name ‘M.V. Indies Trader” and a new Indonesian Sponsor.
Due to the problems with my old sponsor I had to change the name of the vessel, I was a bit concerned about the bad luck associated with doing this so I decided to just extend the name i.e. Indies T rader . I thought up the name while I was filling out the form at the Honduras registry in Singapore and it has worked well for the boat.
Left to my own devices the diving business did well. My first job was to recover a lost Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), lost from a cable laying ship in 270feet of water in the Sunda Straits. It was a “no cure no pay” job and we had it on deck on the Indies Trader after 2 days, air diving. After that spectacular effort we were given another no cure no pay job to recover 12 pieces of heavy earth moving equipment that had fallen off a landing craft that had overturned on the way through the Sunda Straits to Padang. We did over 300 air dives over 200ft and recovered all the equipment plus accessories, a total of 68 lifts, the largest over 40tons In no time I paid all my debts including Dave Barnett.
BY LATE 1990 I OWNED THE BOAT FREE AND CLEAR, MY LIFETIME AMBITION ACHIEVED. NOW I COULD GO EXPLORING WHENEVER I WANTED.