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The Semac 1
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No: 155   Contributor: Ieuan Dolby   Companies: Saipem   Year: 2004
The Semac 1

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!
Picture added on 17 November 2006
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Right now the Semac 1 is being repaired at ASL Shipyard Batam. The steelwork is done by LA Engineering.

Added by Dimas on 16 December 2009.
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

Added by Luther Dean Thompson on 30 September 2011.
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

Added by Luther Dean Thompson on 04 January 2012.
Glad to see she hasn't changed over the years.
Mick Coyle Camp Boss 1990 / 1994

Added by Mick Coyle on 08 February 2012.
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...

Added by Lee Robinson on 12 August 2014.
Is he the same Trevor Robinson who worked on the LB27 and the LB200 I can remember him on the prep machines on them.

Added by Garry Robinson on 04 September 2015.
Had some good times on that old girl. great to see she's still going.

Added by George Watson on 04 February 2016.
Unfortunately Semac 1 is no longer is service. She left for her last voyage from Karimun, Indonesia in December 2015.

Added by Sev Kuzmenko on 03 March 2016.
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.

Added by Gary Bridier on 23 June 2016.
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

Added by Garry Robinson on 23 June 2016.
Hi Garry Robinson. Yeah, its the same trevor. He remembers you. Here's his number 07944160984...

Added by Lee Robinson on 29 June 2016.
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

Added by Eddie Overstreet on 21 July 2016.
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!

Added by Dennis Griffy on 14 October 2016.
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...

Added by Ben Howard on 31 October 2016.
I was only on her for a short while the lassies drew me back but she was great.

Added by on 16 April 2017.
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