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Oil Rig Videos

We hope to include more video on the site in future featuring the daily routines on oil platforms and other offshore facilities, as well as records of construction, installation and decommissioning etc. Due to bandwidth considerations, it's often best if these are hosted externally on sites like Youtube or Vimeo.

Here for instance is a video of the North Sea's Dunbar Platform in bad weather, taken from the Safe Caledonia. The biggest wave hits from about 40 seconds in, slamming against the cellar deck. The platform looks pretty spindly when compared to the size of the waves.

The Dunbar survives this unscathed, but the next video shows a small satellite platform in the Gulf of Mexico after it had been damaged by a hurricane. It looks like an unmanned platform, which is probably just as well.

This next video gives an idea of life on a drilling rig, in this case the Istiglal in the Caspian Sea, off of Azerbaijan. It shows workers arriving by helicopter, some of their jobs and the leisure and catering facilities on board.

YouTube videos tend to have their branding and often some advertising on them - Vimeo ones don't have as much of this. As an example, the following high quality video shows the Akcakoca Project in the Black Sea, off Turkey, including information about the construction and installation.

If you know of any online video which you think would be worth including on the site, please let me know, either by leaving a comment on a page with the appropriate rig or platform, or by sending an email to If you have video of your own, upload it to one of the video hosting sites and let me know about it. If there's enough interest, I'll turn this page into a directory of videos on the site.

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