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    Thread revival, thought this was a good picture, DP Semi sub in dry dock, "someone" sat on one of the thrusters (generally there will be eight) good perspective.

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    Excellent idea to review this thread. Always followed it with great interest.

    Thanks !

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    USS Nevada located by Search and Ocean Infinity

    Veteran battleship, which saw action in both World Wars and was used for atomic bomb testing, found in Pacific with state-of-the-art subsea technology

    SEARCH, Inc. (SEARCH), the largest underwater and terrestrial archaeology firm in the United States, and Ocean Infinity, the marine robotics company, are pleased to announce the discovery of USS Nevada (BB-36), one of the U.S. Navy’s longest serving battleships, and viewed as the epitome of American resilience and perseverance.

    USS Nevada was located 65 nautical miles southwest of Pearl Harbor at a depth of over 15,400 feet.

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    Pretty Girl?




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    During the course of tests in line with industry standards on 2nd May 2020 in the international Port of Rostock, the offshore heavy lift crane HLC 295000 was severely damaged following an accident.
    Crane hook "parted" at 2,600 ton, was rated for 5,000 ton.



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    Random offshore pics-beb3d0d1-2b38-44e5-9251-1dca7e0b45db-jpg
    Elite Drilling E-08 Rig

    Here’s a pic from work tonight. I survived 2 weeks quarantine in remote rubber farm resort just South of Udon and now sitting here on top of a nearby mountain/national park.

    It has taking us 12 days to rig up for this job and safe to say everyone has lost a bit of weight. It’s been bloody hot up here and it was a relief to come into night shift on Monday.
    Lang may yer lum reek...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirk diggler View Post
    It has taking us 12 days to rig up for this job and safe to say everyone has lost a bit of weight. It’s been bloody hot up here and it was a relief to come into night shift on Monday.
    I live outside Udon, yes it has been hot 40c+ everyday, feel for you rigging up in the weather we have had, must have been bloody miserable! well done for sticking it out.

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    Cheers mate. It's wet now. Very wet!

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    A few pics from this job:

    First task was to build and then erect our flare stack. This beauty stands 140ft tall, 20ft more than standard, which was demanded by the local villagers and agreed by us. They came and checked.

    Goes without saying, but this is where we flare the nitrogen and gas during our drilling operations. There is a main line to the flare and 2 relief lines in case of over-pressurisation and a lifted PRV will divert pressure to flare. There is also a propane line to keep a pilot flame lit at all times if required. Also an electronic igniter and an emergency fire bucket that can be pulled up in case of failure.

    Once vertical by crane lift we fix tension on 6 cables at 3 points to anchor blocks to keep it upright. Then go up in the man basket and unhook the crane slings.
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    Random offshore pics-screen-shot-2020-05-31-04-a

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    End of an era, the Brent! field in the North sea ends! remember well when it started up, the money the UK made from this field was huge - & wasted!









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    July 6, 1988, 32 years since the Piper Alpha disaster! - RIP the 167 men that lost their lives


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    ^^

    I first went to Forties Alpha in 1976, and over the next 7 years was on all 4 platforms in different roles.

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    I remember where I was when the Piper Alpha disaster happened... driving down through France for a geological mapping project as part of my degree... that would eventually lead to my working offshore.

    Even today, 32 years later, the breakdown in communications and safety procedures that led to the disaster are regularly used in safety talks offshore.

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    ^^^

    I flew out to Magnus that morning, and remember watching Grampian TV news in the house that morning. The first footage of it's disintegration was coming in. Being July in Northern Scotland, it was daylight by around 4 a.m. I knew some of those killed, including a few of the catering crew as their company had recently lost the contract on Magnus, with some taking positions on Piper. Some of the drill crew also, as that company was also on Magnus.

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    ^ I was on Piper Alpha in 1976, never was on any of the Forties platforms, we could see them flaring in the distance, I also knew people lost on Piper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Even today, 32 years later, the breakdown in communications and safety procedures that led to the disaster are regularly used in safety talks offshore.
    The early days in the North Sea resembled the "Wild, wild West" safety was not a concern as long as you had a "body" to replace the injured - no time was lost!
    The politics behind it were quite disgusting, Thatcher was determined to break the miners!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airportwo View Post
    End of an era, the forties field in the North sea ends! remember well when it started up, the money the UK made from this field was huge - & wasted!









    These pictures are from the Brent Field as in Brent Alpha, Bravo etc

    The Forties are still going and had a planned Shutdown this year to improve the pipeline, which would have created many jobs, delayed due to covid.

    I was on the Forties Delta last year doing scale squeeze operations. Shite Platform.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    There was a documentary movie made about the Piper Alpha called Fire in the Night. It's a tough watch for me. My Father lost friends and some of my friends lost their fathers.

    I get together with him every year on the 7th for a dram. We drink to the men who lost their lives on the Piper (6th) and to my Grandfather who lost his battle with cancer on the 7th.

    Here is the trailer followed by the full feature:





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    Quote Originally Posted by dirk diggler View Post
    These pictures are from the Brent Field as in Brent Alpha, Bravo etc
    Noted & changed! getting old, they were close!!
    Can't remember now if we could see the Brent field or forties from Piper? processed a lot of alcohol since then, so have an excuse for fading memories!

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    It was about 20 degC colder on the Brents off Shetland, but I'd have went there before the Forties any day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airportwo View Post
    Noted & changed! getting old, they were close!!
    Can't remember now if we could see the Brent field or forties from Piper? processed a lot of alcohol since then, so have an excuse for fading memories!
    From recollection, the only field visible from Forties in the late 70's was Amoco's Montrose Alpha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PAG View Post
    From recollection, the only field visible from Forties in the late 70's was Amoco's Montrose Alpha.
    Your recollection is obviously better than mine!
    First platform I was ever on was the Montrose, "The Wells of Montrose" still have the movie, managed to get it on DVD a few years back from the BP archives, I was onboard when it was filmed over about a six week period, thought it would be interesting to watch! - close to utter crap, recognised no one and my scenes had all been edited out!
    I transferred from Montrose to the Piper Alpha circa 1975, left the North Sea in 1978 and never returned.

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    ^^ Looking at the chart Dirk, my memory hasn't served me so well, I was on the Thistle at one time, which was close to Brent, maybe I am mixing that up?
    They were fun days, earn a paycheck, spend it, go back to a rig. easy to get work back then, young, no worries just living life one hitch at a time

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