Moving OIL RIG off the coast

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Moving OIL RIG off the coast

Post by Lincoln » Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:43 pm

We sat and watched the huge oil rig as it very slowly headed west. It is now lit up like Picadilly circus. Still moving slowly along.
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Post by PW in Polemi » Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:00 am

We saw it as we were driving from Oniros to the harbour. Reminded me of when the Orion rig ran aground off Guernsey in the seventies. Amazing sight, both of them.
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Re: Moving OIL RIG off the coast

Post by Dominic » Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:12 pm

On its way to Greece for maintenance, apparently. I never realised they were mobile before.
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Re: Moving OIL RIG off the coast

Post by Aargent » Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:15 pm

Dominic wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:12 pm
On its way to Greece for maintenance, apparently. I never realised they were mobile before.
Think they are only mobile if there is a Tug towing them,
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Post by The Aquila » Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:13 pm

It was actually a Drill Ship which is self propelling as opposed to an Oil Rig.

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Post by Jim B » Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:38 pm

I've lived and worked on a number of them over the years both in the North Sea and the Gulf. That type is a semi submersible which floats on submerged pontoons. They usually use tugs to move them. As Aquilla wrote, it's a drilling rig.

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Re: Moving OIL RIG off the coast

Post by Lincoln » Fri Aug 16, 2019 5:40 pm

Well during the day when we were watching it there were no tugs at all and it was moving. So it had to have some method of propulsion.
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Post by Jim B » Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:00 pm

A tug could be tied off against the rig, easier to control rather than using a tow rope. That way you only need one tug.

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Re: Moving OIL RIG off the coast

Post by The Aquila » Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:54 pm

I would have posted the name the other night but was a bit busy.

It was Scarabeo 9, powered by 8 x 12 cylinder engines.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scarabeo_9

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Re: Moving OIL RIG off the coast

Post by Jim B » Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:33 pm

It most probably has bow thrusters which holds it in position using GPS when it's drilling. These are not usually for moving the rig from one location to another. The water is usually too deep where they're drilling to use anchors so they use bow thrusters. I lived on a crane barge called the Hermod which used the same technology.

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Post by PhotoLady » Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:30 pm

I remember first seeing the rigs and platforms arriving off the coast of Limassol some years back so one night we popped down along the coast to see what was going on and to try my camera at night.
This was taken on 12 January 2014 - it's the ENSCO 5006, a drilling platform.
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Re: Moving OIL RIG off the coast

Post by Lincoln » Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:55 pm

That is what the one off the coast looked like.
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