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No: 2821   Contributor: Kip Watson   Year: 2013   Country: United Kingdom
Sedco 704

The Sedco 704 passing through The Sutors en route to the dry dock at Nigg accompanied by the tow vessels Olympic Poseidon and Normand Neptun. 15th Feb 2013
Picture added on 17 February 2013 at 22:07
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I was onboard Sedco 704 on a very eventful "tow " from the Claymore to peterhead for stripout. Encountering very heavy weather changing what was to be a 15 hour tow ..into a several day tow ..with the portakabins we were sleeping in ..sliding about on the top deck due to tiedown cables coming slack ..and getting stuck on a sandbank entering peterhead with the tugs pulling the rig well over [throwing us out of bed] ...then during the strip-out ..two giant cranes on dockside falling into the harbour [one had waited 3 days for the rig to come ] mercifully no one was killed or injured ..i watched the poor driver who was lucky to jump from the falling crane pacing up and down the dockside in awe of what had happened ..that was on trip I was very glad to go home from ..

Added by Brian Parr on 21 March 2013.
Worked on the 704 in 1985 when she was drilling off south west Ireland.Eventful drilling season with the occasional labour dispute ! All good friends at the end of drilling.

Added by Padraig Campbell on 13 February 2014.
I was barge engineer on the 704 for years during the 80's. Had some great times. It was a good working rig with great guys.

Added by Alistair Annand on 09 February 2017.
Ali Annand, indeed you were, it was my home for many years during the 80's. some great times were had onboard the 704. Hope that you are keeping well.

Added by Neil Hay on 24 August 2017.
Neil Hay.....a blast from the past! Hope all is well.

Added by Alistair Annand on 24 August 2017.
Many of these great times were during dry dock in Rotterdam in 1992 I think is was. How we all survived that period in shipyard is amazing! The towns of Oostvoorne and Brielle had seen nothing like it!

Added by Alistair Annand on 24 August 2017.
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