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The Semac 1

The Semac 1

Date Added: 17 November 2006 Contributor: Ieuan Dolby Year of Photo: 2004 Picture No: 155

The Saipem Run Pipe-Laying barge in Thailand Waters. The boat alongside is the Smit Madura, the boat from which the photograph was taken is the Pacific Frontier!


Right now the Semac 1 is being repaired at ASL Shipyard Batam. The steelwork is done by LA Engineering. Comment left on 16 December 2009 at 13:05 by Dimas
The best barge I ever worked on, I joined her in Mobile Alabama. I was a front end foreman. She the best of the best to work Comment left on 30 September 2011 at 04:50 by Luther Dean Thompson
Ralph Conders, Project Manager. Was over the building of this vessel. And the Project Manager for the Offshore Division. Dr.Tidwell was the top man over the building. Later Mr.Ralph Conders went to the Abu Dhabi for N P C C, Were the P L B 648 .Was built on the same design ass the Sea Mac 1..A little history of the start of The Seamac 1 Comment left on 04 January 2012 at 16:41 by Luther Dean Thompson
Glad to see she hasn't changed over the years.
Mick Coyle Camp Boss 1990 / 1994
Comment left on 08 February 2012 at 00:31 by Mick Coyle
my dad Trevor Robinson work for many years on sea mac 1 he was an end prep op..in 1976, , and on.he ask me how to find the brave men he worked with back then ..i also have many pictures of sea mac 1 from then ..can any one help... Comment left on 12 August 2014 at 08:48 by Lee Robinson
Is he the same Trevor Robinson who worked on the LB27 and the LB200 I can remember him on the prep machines on them. Comment left on 04 September 2015 at 11:53 by Garry Robinson
Had some good times on that old girl. great to see she's still going. Comment left on 04 February 2016 at 14:41 by George Watson
Unfortunately Semac 1 is no longer is service. She left for her last voyage from Karimun, Indonesia in December 2015. Comment left on 03 March 2016 at 20:46 by Sev Kuzmenko
I was a young future engineer working in the Planning Department for Alabama Drydock and Shipbuilding Inc. in 1974 when we were building her hulls in the North Yard She was hull 716 for ADDSCO and when we side launched the hulls the waves generated crossed the Mobile River and got a few people wet on the other side of the river. I remember that she was considered state of the art back then and built to North Sea standards because that was her intended destination at the time. I believe it was for Exxon. My father was the Plate Shop Welding Foreman at ADDSCO and the detail to the welding would sometimes drive him nuts! Hate to hear she is laid up now. I've been in the oilfield for 37 years and always hoped I would draw an assignment on her. Comment left on 23 June 2016 at 10:37 by Gary Bridier
I heard sense and the 200 are being scraped sad to hear that news they are down in Japan well the 200 is I know Sen photos of her going in to dock for old piplayers the money she had spent on her Iam surprised the Italians own her now an sent her to the pipe bunker sad Comment left on 23 June 2016 at 16:39 by Garry Robinson
Hi Garry Robinson. Yeah, its the same trevor. He remembers you. Here's his number 07944160984... Comment left on 29 June 2016 at 19:01 by Lee Robinson
Joined Semac in 1977 with Lloyd Beesley's crew to rig up for automatic welding. Worked on her off and on till 89. Worked with Tom Whitaker, Jimbo Floyd, Kerry Flanigan, Larry Graham, Charley Owens Comment left on 21 July 2016 at 16:12 by Eddie Overstreet
I worked alongside Dean Thompson and Ralph Conder on SEMAC I as a technician for CRC Automatic Welding servicing the welding equipment and the IPsen Induction heating equipment when we built the FLAGS line in 1976/77. Attended sea trials off Pensacola. We had a great time back then. Went to NPCC later with Ralph, Dean, and the best of the gang. Those were the best years of my life! Comment left on 14 October 2016 at 19:02 by Dennis Griffy
I was a Material Expediter at Alabama Dry Dock for the SEMAC 1. It was my responsibility have ALL Material PLATES, Brackets, Angle Iron etc. on site as Needed for Assembly... Comment left on 31 October 2016 at 00:27 by Ben Howard
I was only on her for a short while the lassies drew me back but she was great. Comment left on 16 April 2017 at 21:56 by
Was Randy Davis ever looking after Semac 1 in Morecombe bay 1990 ish?
If so let me say he was a big, Good man
Comment left on 21 September 2017 at 20:25 by Dave
I got to work on her in the North Sea. Has a lot of memory’s for me! Comment left on 09 July 2018 at 22:23 by C yater

Yes Randy Davis was looking after the Seamac 1 in Morecombe bay in 1990. My dad is now retired after 34 years with Brown and Root and living in Houston. I also got to work on her in the North Sea as a summer intern in 1984. Worked the stabbing station. Still have scars on my arms (from the heat bands) from shoving the welders down the pipe on the little trolleys.
Comment left on 23 December 2018 at 07:26 by Brian
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