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The Jack Bates
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No: 299   Contributor: Andrew Dowsett   Companies: Transocean   Year: 1996   Country: United Kingdom
The Jack Bates

Owned by Transocean the Jack Bates was built in 1986 at the Harima Heavy Industries in Tokyo. The picture was taken from above the town of Cromarty in Scotland where the rig was anchored.
Picture added on 30 March 2007
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The most stable semi I had ever worked. Even in the worst weather the heave could measured in inches and the roll and pitch were non existent. However, once the rig was deballasted to towing draft, the pitch and roll was the worst of any Semi-submersible I had ever worked on. In 30 years I worked on most classes of Semi.

Added by ROBERT WEST on 03 December 2015.
I worked on the Mighty Jack Bates for three glorious years between 2001 and 2004. During that time I was lucky enough to be on the journey that took the Jack Bates on a voyage from the west of Ireland to Alusund in Norway before being piggy-backed on the Mighty Servant 1 on the first leg of its journey enroot to Australia via Richards Bay in South Africa, I re-joined the rig for the 2nd leg of the journey from Richards Bay to Australia but during a delay that resulted in the rig not being able to make port because of bad weather my crewmates and me spent 7 amazing days exploring the many wonders South Africa offered. Trips to Durban Marine and Sea-life Centre and a river safari and visit to wildlife park were only surpassed by the incredible day we spent in Shaka-land the home of the Zulu. During this time I was lucky enough to cement my friendship with a Stewardess named Shelley who I'd grown to know over the previous 3 years. Unfortunately our diverging career paths resulted in an enforced parting of our ways.But I'm happy to report we are now enjoying the oppertunity to rekindle that friendship.

Added by Mick Milne on 29 May 2018.
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