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Maesrk Highlander in Beryl Field

Maesrk Highlander in Beryl Field

Date Added: 13 July 2007 Contributor: Andy Boggett Year of Photo: 1988 Picture No: 410

Maersk Highlander semi-submersible drilling rig being towed to new well location in Beryl Field taken from High Seas Driller.


Maersk had only recently bought the rig from Global Marine (Glomar Arctic 1?). I was on there as Rig Electrician and stayed about four years. Comment left on 19 March 2009 at 22:24 by Tony Brooke
Worked as a mudlogger on the Maersk Highlander in 1988 as well as High Seas Driller. I'm sure we probably bumped into each other. Comment left on 07 June 2009 at 15:20 by Andy Boggett
We probably did Andy, but you know what the oil field is like. In my twenty-three years on rigs I worked on only six rigs and must have met a hundred mud loggers and you probably met that many bolshie electricians?
You might remember Bill Hodgson and Tim Blatch the Chief Engineers? It seems not long since, but I retired from the oilfield in 2003,after ending up in Brazil on a DP drillship.
Good luck to you mate.
Comment left on 07 June 2009 at 17:03 by Tony Brooke
Hi, I also worked on the Highlander in 88. Great rig. Comment left on 22 August 2009 at 20:39 by Phil Murray
There had been a disaster on there a few years before that, during Global Marines ownership, which killed two of the Rig Engineers and came close to sinking the rig. Comment left on 24 August 2009 at 09:03 by Tony Brooke
HI Tony It was the arctic 11 (picture #1712) that the two guys were killed on. The rig was testing a well at the time. I got home the day before the explosion. I got paid off then rehired when the rig went to Rotterdam for the refit. The explosion was caused by a gas pipe leak in the leg that the two guys were working in. Comment left on 24 August 2009 at 22:45 by Phil Murray
Thanks for the memory kick and for pointing me to the better photo of the Arctic2, Phil.
They are actually the same rig and it was just the number I got wrong. Quite a few of the Maersk crew on the Highlander had been on the rig at the time of the explosion (due to formation fluid having been pumped into an air reciever bottle in the stb pontoon and igniting when the Chief pushed the lift button to go down to help the 2nd check out what it was in the bottle). I believe the rig changed quite a bit during the refit, but I always felt slightly nervous going down that leg in the stb lift after hearing the story from the survivors.
Comment left on 25 August 2009 at 10:16 by Tony Brooke

Have added picture of Highlander boarding card - picture #1902.
Comment left on 25 August 2009 at 18:29 by Andy Boggett
Tony, my brother remembers you from the Highlander. He was a derrickman at the time,
Ian Murray, amazing memory.
Comment left on 03 September 2009 at 18:25 by Phil
Please pass on my regards to Ian, Phil. Though I doubt he would recognise me after nearly 20 years. Last person I saw from the Highlander was Mike Gillis who was an AD there, and came to the Nedrill Workship 1 / Noble Leo Segerius as a Driller, in Africa and then Brazil. His brother, Gordon, was also a Driller on the Highlander. I also used to remember most of the names but afraid its all starting to fade a bit now.
All the best to you Phil,
Comment left on 04 September 2009 at 11:01 by Tony Brooke

It was like opening a time machine. How is life treating you? Well I hope. Michael is OIM on an old Drill ship in Nigeria for Frontier and I am OIM in Qatar. Life has been good so far no major health problems apart from the sore knuckles and knees syndrome. Take care Tony. Drop us an E mail some time and will catch up then.
Comment left on 04 December 2009 at 07:00 by Gordon Gillies
Hi Guys
I spent years on there, ended up as the Scarabeo 6. I finally left as OIM from the rig in 2005, first arriving in 1987 !!
I remember you all.
Comment left on 28 May 2010 at 17:28 by Dave Pockley
He Tony, just wandered through here, finding some information on the explosion we had on the Segerius on the APV system. Nice to see that you are retired now. Comment left on 29 August 2010 at 00:51 by Andre Zegers
Andre, Are you still out there in that deep water?
What a rig that old NLS was. I guess we should all be thankful it was only the APV pipework that blew. It could just as easily have been another Deepwater Horizon. To be honest I haven't thought about the offshore world much since retiring in 2003. Apart from messing about on a few small boats, more pass-time than work, and a recurring dream about waiting for the last crew change chopper to arrive on some old rig where things always need fixing before I can go, I have not been back to sea since 03 and with the old age pension kicking in this year I never will. But I do have some good memories of Neddrill 1/NLS. I don't suppose there have been any good beach bar parties in the sub sea's cabin since you left, but if you ever do reach any conclusions about the APV fiasco I would be interested to read about it. (I still remember hearing the Bang and wondering where the hatch cover went). And if you keep in touch with Sid or Sheedy say Hello from me.
Cheers Amigo you take care.
Comment left on 30 August 2010 at 19:29 by Tony Brooke
On the Highlander with Mobil when it left Invergordon for the first well after Maersk bought it. After 30 years, still one of the best rigs/crews I ever worked with. Comment left on 07 January 2011 at 01:50 by David Deal
Hi Dave, hope you are ok, those were the days, remember leaving Invergordon with Sailing on the PA, classic!
Comment left on 07 January 2011 at 20:29 by Dave Pockley
Hey Dave

Remember it well. Something to be said for the old oilfield. I am about 2 months away from retirement from ExxonMobi. I still have fond memories of the Highlander and especially all of the good people.
Comment left on 08 January 2011 at 16:07 by David Deal
Served as BCO on the Glomar Arctic 1, as it were, from 90-94 for Amerada Hess on the Scott Field. Curious to know who was lost, and pray I dont know them. Fond memories otherwise, she rode the North Sea well. Comment left on 25 March 2014 at 21:32 by Dan O'Sullivan
Hi guys I was known as 'Cemetery' on the highlander. My name finian Walsh back to back was Jim rose who has sadly passed on. I am als now retired due to illness but remember all the boys fondly. Some of my best times and craic offshore. wish you all well. Comment left on 27 February 2016 at 21:10 by Fiinian Walsh
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