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North Sea Pioneer
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No: 2043   Contributor: Unknown   Year: 2010   Country: Ghana
North Sea Pioneer

North Sea Pioneer laying off Sekondi (Ghana)
Picture taken on 07-02-10
Picture added on 23 February 2010 at 22:24
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Apparently this semi submersible was once called (Trans World) TW Rig58 and it was operating in the North Sea. Have a look at my b/w picture on this site <picture #2062> or if you want a bit of its history of TW58 look here.

Added by Andrea Tamagnini on 19 April 2010.
Astounded that this rig is still afloat. I was a roustabout on there in 1977.

Added by Tommy Adams on 02 November 2010.
Who contracts this platform? Tullow is off Takoradi with the Eirik Raude, so I was wondering which this one is.

Added by Kwei Quartey on 05 November 2011.
I used to be a production operator on this rig way back in the 90's.

Added by Isaac Danquah on 01 September 2012.
When I was Master of Stirling Ash we used to service this rig, Transworld 58. Hamilton Brothers were the operators, it is believed to have produced the first oil in th N.Sea. I remember it from 1980/81? Coincidently I Am Master of another supply vessel working out of Takorad.

Added by Andy Whittle on 28 November 2013.
Rig is still off Sekondias of today 25-12-13, but minus derrick, looks as if its being scrapped


Added by Ian Temlett ETO Pacific Amethyst on 25 December 2013.
This rig was part of the landscape for a good 2 years or more off takoradi.

Added by Graham milne on 24 May 2014.
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Added by Jordan 17 White Red on 15 October 2014.
I used to be one of the lead mechanical technicians on her from 1989-1994

Added by John King on 27 October 2014.
I was instrument tech and lead instrument tech on this from 1989 - 1995, went to Angola with it , there was not much on it I was not familiar with, re piped all the controls of the plant and re wired the control room instruments but it never went back into production, what's it doing now?

Added by Stephen Davies on 29 January 2015.
I was on it offshore Angola 1997 I was E&I, Bob Hall was Chief Engineer and Jacky Hall was mechanical and as long as we kept the water maker running along with the Generation and the Air con we were happy...

Added by Fletch on 09 March 2015.
The rig is still on the outside of harbour of Sekondi Naval Base in Ghana. Getting smaller every time I visit. Its only a crane, oil tank and one house module left on it. The rest is scrap. 5-6 barges laying arround and reciving scrapmetal from it. Maybe in a 5-10years time it all will be gone...

Added by Erik Sandal on 18 April 2015.
The rig is still on the outside of harbour of Sekondi Naval Base in Ghana. Getting smaller every time I visit. Its only a crane, oil tank and one house module left on it. The rest is scrap. 5-6 barges laying arround and reciving scrapmetal from it. Maybe in a 5-10years time it all will be gone...

Added by Erik Sandal on 18 April 2015.
I worked on Transworld 58 in 1975 in the North Sea and Middlesboro Harbour when it was getting over.

Added by David Fridd on 23 April 2015.
I worked on Transworld 58 in 1975 in the North Sea and Middlesboro Harbour when it was getting over.

Added by David Fridd on 23 April 2015.
Worked on TW58 in 76 as a roughneck. My boss was JD Smith. Great times. Also a good summer. Caught a good tan stripped off on the drill floor. Just wore shorts and an aluminium hard hat.

Added by Keith Carroll on 02 April 2016.
Worked on board either TW58 or TW59 when her leg broke in the North Sea about 1973/74 ish. We were taken into Stavanger for repairs by the tin hat Yanks. I was a roughneck.

Added by Ian Norris on 31 December 2016.
Re "her leg broke", was that the Petagone design, Alexander KIelland, that lost a column and capsized?

Added by Craig Lang on 17 February 2017.
Worked as an electrician on the 58 after a fire damaged it in the summer of 1976. She had a hole in one of her legs at the time.

Added by M.Wright on 20 April 2017.
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