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Northern Producer
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No: 1793   Contributor: Phillip Roncone   Companies: Maersk   Year: 2009   Country: United Kingdom
Northern Producer

Northern Producer picture taken on 04/04/09 from the Maersk Tackler
Picture added on 24 May 2009 at 16:11
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Used to be the "Emerald Producer" and before that it was the "Ali Baba". Used to be good on there.

Added by Gaz on 21 October 2010.
.... and before that it was the Nor Troll. Jebsen Drilling bought it around 1983 ish from Golar Nor and changed it's name to the Ali Baba.

Added by Tommy Adams on 02 November 2010.
If you thought it was good on the Ali Baba you should have been on the Sindbad 1979-1986 :-)
Tommy Adams, I remember the name but can't put a face to it.

Added by Anon on 21 November 2010.
Anon, I was a derrickman on the Aladdin 81-84. My brother Derek was on the Sinbad during some of the years you mention.

Added by Tommy Adams on 22 November 2010.
Where is the NP sitting these days? Last I heard it was in Tyneside?

Added by Ali Robertson on 08 March 2011.
I worked with Derek for 2/3 years and I took his place as derrikman in Jack Harkins crew. I think he had a tattoo (one of many) which said: "Tongs ya bass!" or maybe it was on his hard hat!! Great guy him and the rest of the crew too. Such a little personel turnover on the Sindbad that he got fed up to wait for a promotion so he went to work for an agency abroad if I remember well.

Added by Claudio Menichetti on 22 March 2011.
My father was involved when this simi was known as the Nortroll and owned by Golar-Nor Offshore. I recall going on board while it was still in the shipyard and almost complete. I have a book (booklet) Golar-Nor produced with all of the original specs for the rig and it's equipment as well as a carved wooden troll that was it's namesake.

Added by Don Schmit on 20 September 2011.
I represented John Fredriksen on the conversion of the Emerald Producer to the NP. It is the only job I have been on that was finished on time and within budget. One of the secrets was that the management team were paid bonuses for early delivery another is that the quantity of systems removed was carefully limited so that the conversion work did not get out of hand. Well done Middlesborough! Craig Lang

Added by Craig Lang on 12 December 2011.
I worked on Alladin from 1982 to 1987, ended up as a derrickman for Malcom "sheer ram" Keer - great guy and a good crew. Jebsens was a good company to work for, a shame it is no longer in the industry.

Added by Richard Little on 22 January 2012.
Richard Little ..... I remember you. I used to see Malcolm from time to time when I was working in the North Sea. Haven't seen for at least ten years now.

Added by Tommy Adams on 28 January 2012.
The Northern Producer is chartered to Enquest / Petrofac and now handles production from the Dons field. I didn't realise that it was converted from a former Jebsens rig - I never heard a bad word about that Company and worked with Johnny Johnson and Pierre Treyhan who were both real characters and had served on either the Ali Baba or the Sinbad. Anybody else knew these guys?

Added by Neil Mitchell on 25 February 2012.
Pete Treyhan was on the Aladdin for a while.

Added by Tommy Adams on 29 February 2012.
worked with J J in 1980/81.Red headed scousser. Always trying to make up some music for his brother Ali of Ali goes to Holliwood fame. The BOP into the sea aaaa. And dont even think for one second I am joking !!!
I also knew a Peter Trahan AKA Porno Pete. Rig super opposite to Harwey Shnee. That was the Sindbad in the glory days off course.

Added by Claudio Menichetti on 29 February 2012.
I worked on Nortroll in 1980 -81-82.

Added by Geir Andersen on 02 March 2012.
Yeah, Claudio, I shared a room in Houston with J.J. until he returned one night from a trip into town totally roughed up by some locals and unable to work the next day - Atwood ran him off, la and I never heard from again. He carried a load of tally books around with him which were full of "lyrics". I knew Harvey Snee as well when he was working for Santa Fe, Harvey was really a rig welder; his specialities were shadow tool racks and drillers consoles - so you always tell which rigs Harvey had worked on. I worked with Porno Pete on the Mariner 2 in West Africa where his pet project was the construction of an air operated fishing reel, which he constructed entirely out of parts stolen from a geolograph recorder.

Added by Neil Mitchell on 05 March 2012.
Anyone on the Alibaba when it ran aground in Peterhead harbour??
If you Google Earth, South Shields, you will see the Northern Producer tied up on the Tyne.

Added by Chris Harrison on 07 May 2012.
I worked with Harvey Schnee and Johnny Johnson on the Sinbad 79/81. Also Ally Prosser and Ola Thorasen who was toolpusher and rebuilt his Corvette Stingray while we where in dry dock.

Added by David Ross on 26 September 2012.
My brother Derek was on the Sinbad then, and I remember him telling me about Ola Tollefson's Corvette on the helideck.

Added by Tommy Adams on 01 October 2012.
Has anybody kept in touch with Willy Hutchinson who was on the Aladdin.

Added by Richard Little on 21 October 2012.
Billy Hutch is alive and well and still in fine form. He's on Facebook.

Added by Tommy Adams on 09 November 2012.
Hi Chris - I was called back early from leave to Peterhead for the trip to Amsterdam drydock after Ali Baba went walkabout in the bay! I was CRO with John Linton, John ? (Glasgow taxi driver), and Sven ?
What you doin these days?

Added by Dennis Jones on 30 November 2012.
I worked on the Sindbad for 4 trips when it came out from Haugesund. If I can mind right it was drilling a template near the Claymore. I then went to the Ali Baba where after 3 or 4 days I had a difference of opinion from the captain and found myself on the next chopper off, Glad that happened cause I was then put back onto the Pentagone 84. Of all the rigs and platforms I worked on the P84 was the best.

Added by Billy Bruce on 16 February 2013.
Hi Dennis, now retired, too old for this S**t anymore. Nice to hear from you.
I've posted a picture of the Ali Baba in dry dock in Rotterdam, may bring back memories.

Added by Chris Harrison on 15 May 2013.
I flew out to the rig as it was leaving Peterhead on its slow tow to Holland and dry dock if any of us had known the size of the holes in the pontoons I don't think we would have gone ....Those were the days before the HSE got a grip!!

Added by Chris Harrison on 15 May 2013.
Shit guys long time no hear I worked with most of you back in then old days

Added by Richard Rydlewicz on 20 November 2013.
I worked on the Aladdin, Sinbad and Ali Baba from 1980 - 1986 and then made redundant when Jebsens folded as Radio op. Capt Carter was best Capt I worked for. Jebsens was a great company to work for. I joined Ali Baba !st April 1982 in Stavanger for its naming and we had a big party at the SAS hotel with the big nobs. Went out to Spain on Ali and also on leave when she ran aground in Peterhead. Think it was New Year.Great times working on the rigs for 13 years. Now retired.

Added by Pat Prouse on 09 May 2014.
Pat .... I remember gate-crashing the launch party for the Ali-Baba. We were in dock with the Aladdin at the same time. Was it not the Atlantic Hotel?

Added by Tommy Adams on 15 June 2014.
Hello Tommy, thought it was SAS but may be wrong.
I remember getting high on the free booze and bumping into Mr big boss Jebsen. Good days but don't miss work. Now I have 2 new hips and new knee so I don't think I'd pass the medical now. Take care =- Pat

Added by Pat Prouse on 17 June 2014.
It was Capt Carter that I did not see eye to eye with. Just so glad he put me on the next avail chopper ashore. Ended up back on the Pentagone 84. Best rig I was ever on in the North sea.

Added by Billy Bruce on 17 June 2014.
THe photo and comments bring back great memories. The night in Peterhead when we were blown ashore will never be forgotten I had been having a drink in the officers mess of Peterhead prison prior to going back on board. To be reminded of names like Chris Harrison, Pat Prouse, Dave Leslie, Dave Milner Moore, Barry Hayward, Ian McKenzie etc. is great. I served as Chief Electrician and hope that some of you remember me. It was a most memorable part of my life. I look forward to hearing from any of you.
Dave Moss (Chief Electrician)

Added by Dave Moss on 19 June 2014.
Did my first trip ever on Emerald Producer aged 19 back in 1989 I think. Was on tow from Dundee to Invergordon. I remember the sparkies had installed an ariel for the tv and the picture was terrible.Being on tow only 5 miles from the beach we stuck a fork in the back instead, picture perfect! Glad to hear shes still around.

Added by Mickey Moynihan on 13 August 2014.
Its always good to look back and names like Chris Harrison and Pat Prouse come back to me very easily. I would love to know about Ian McKenzie our Welder back in those days of the Ali Baba. I was one of the electricians at that time (Dave Moss) and I am pleased to say I am well and still travelling the world when possible.

Added by David Moss (Davecmoss@aol.com on 12 December 2014.
This all brings back so many memories as I was Chiel Electrician on Ali Baba opposite Chris Harrisson and was on board the night she ran aground in Peterhead along with Chief Engineer Dave Mitchel Moore.
I'm Dave Moss by the way and any comments are good to read. Any news of Ray Wolfsbeaur and any of the crew would be good to read. I am still well and traveling the world for pleasure.Still living in Essex



Added by Dave Moss on 05 February 2015.
Whatever happened to speedy!!!, george anderson & gordon lear

Added by David Ross on 05 February 2015.
Hi Dave Moss, I was on the Aladdin for many years but only on the Ali B in the MSR "Emerald (sand) Producer" days.

I see Ray Wolfsbauer now and then in airports - he was drilling supt for Phillips Aberdeen and then went to Oxy Qatar and was rotating out of Thailand last I saw.

I also see Billy Hutch now and then - was working in Talisman office Aberdeen. Couple of years ago he was evacuated from Libya after Gaddafi downfall.

An-ex Ali B guy called Mike Moloney is working for me now, though I didn't know him at the time. I do remember Johnny Johnson and the "BOP-O into the sea-o" song as I was on the Sindbad in 1979.

Added by Brendan O'Leary on 07 July 2015.
I worked on ali baba when she ran aground in peterhead. Anyone remember me? Gripper as malolactic Little John called me.

Added by Gordon Davidson on 11 July 2015.
I got off alibaba a couple days before she broke anchors.Malcom LJ was the easiest of the two brothers.Willy did not have so much sense of humor. Use to get us a few too many on the way home and put me on the trai : Sooth man, go Sooth !!! I was on Sindbad in 79 but I don't remember Brendan O Leary.I was in Barry Scherini crew as Odeco at the time run the rig from drillers upward.When Jebsen took over the full crew we got an 18% pay rise.Some days then !!!!!

Added by Claudio Menichetti on 16 July 2015.
Those were the days 18% remember it well!
We had some fun on that sinbad specially in huagesaund.

Added by David Ross on 21 July 2015.
Are you from kilmarnock claudio? Istarted with jebsens 1980 on bob meadows crew with mick coward gordon lear big jim mcabe simon richley. Made redundant in 86 then went back on
alladin with msr. Happy happy days....

Added by Gordon Davidson on 22 July 2015.
No, the kilmarnock guy was Mauro Benedetti. I worked with the hamster in jack harkins crew.You must have been opposite us because I recall the names you mentioned.I got the derickman job when he got the AD position. I just cant place you.

Added by on 22 July 2015.
Hi david I remenber you well. Quite tall and a quite fellow. Think you had a rig floor accident broke your hand.

Added by Claudio on 22 July 2015.
Thanks for that Claudio, I remember you now. Got you mixed up with Mauro, neil laird was from kilmarnock too. Good guys! Stick was my AD at that time. Do you know if tommy adams was the rig welder?

Added by Gordon Davidson on 22 July 2015.
Anyone remeber Mike Plummer? He was roustabout. Crazy guy, he was on sindbad in Huagesuand.

Added by Gordon Davidson on 22 July 2015.
Claudio you have a good memory I did indded then six months later got wiped out on the rig floor.

Added by David Ross on 23 July 2015.
Best days of my drilling life on the Sindbad. You just don't know that at the time !!!!!
Tried to find out about Neil Laird but no use. Stick came to eat in my restaurant in bridge of Allan with his wife and kid.20 years ago now ? He was working off China. Tommy Adams was on drill crew. See above.Mike Plumber roustabout !!!!! Some flash there :-)) I see grant Ghericevic (Kiwy )often as he stops to see me on the way to Glasgow from Aberdeen.Company man in London office for ENI.Good to ear from you guys !!!!!

Added by Claudio Menichetti on 23 July 2015.
Mike Plummer got hit over the head by the crane hook working on the deck. I was radio op and saw it happen. I got straight onto base for medivac.

I worked on all 3 rigs.

Added by Pat Prouse on 23 July 2015.
Gordon ...... I'm afraid I was never smart enough to be a welder!!

Added by Tommy Adams on 23 July 2015.
Plummer got smacked on the head with a crane ...... that explains a lot!!!!

Added by Tommy Adams on 24 July 2015.
Claudio
whats your restaurant called I will pop in next time I am that way!

Added by David Ross on 25 July 2015.
Vecchia Bologna, i be happy to see you but I will need some notice as I am not there all the time. just give me a ring on one hour notice. 01786833617. claudio

Added by on 28 July 2015.
hi there guys its John Mac Millan here, I worked on the Sinbad Saxon, Ali Baba, and Aladdin from 79-86

Added by John Mac Millan on 12 November 2015.
Hi john. How are you mate? It's been a long time.do you remember our days on ali baba in peterhead?

Added by Gordon Davidson on 12 November 2015.
Hey hi there Gordon. Yes remember very well when the rig ran a ground that was some night

Added by John Mac Millan on 13 November 2015.
Hi john, what are you doing now ? Are you still living in aberdeen? Give me a call sometime mate on 07773601109. It would be good to reminise..

Added by Gordon Davidson on 14 November 2015.
John from Stick crew ?

Added by Claudio on 15 November 2015.
Hi there Gordon, aim living in Malta now, have been 18 years now, 00356 9929 1643
Aim on face book , same name but a picture of a Honda CBX

Added by John Mac Millan on 21 November 2015.
I remember Plummer telling a story about shagging skate on a trawler....Does anyone remember us stitching up Mick Crosser at Xmas by telling him Louis Mair was a hairdresser and he's cut his hair for his Xmas booze stash?

Added by Russ Greig on 05 December 2015.
Poor old Clarence!

I was there when Plummer got hit by the headache ball. Dislocated his hip or similar. He kept telling George the medic " take away the pain but leave the swelling".

Added by Brendan O'Leary on 09 December 2015.
George D'Roche....................didn't matter what was wrong he always wanted you to drop your overalls.............lol

Added by Russ Greig on 09 December 2015.
I remember George D'Roche needed a written offer for a house posted in town fairly urgently. He gave it to Jimmy Garvie to post in Aberdeen when he went in. We all got pissed and Jimmy forgot to post it. He only found it two weeks later on his way back. Needless to say George didn't get his offer for the flat in in time. PS.... Jimmy Garvie died a couple of months back.

Added by Tommy Adams on 10 December 2015.
Wee Jimmy the professional stoner. That's a shame Tommy he couldn't have been that old. You were obviously still in touch with him. Was a great laugh on the Aladdin. Had some contact with Mick Ritchie he's in Australia I believe.

Added by Russ Greig on 11 December 2015.
I bumped into Mike Ritchie in Australia a few years ago but last I heard he'd moved back to UK. Was working in Baku.

Added by Brendan O'Leary on 15 December 2015.
Mick was working in Baku until a couple of years ago. Got made a scapegoat for something that was FA to do with him. Top bloke. Russ, I didn't keep in touch with Jimmy, Billy Hutch told me about it. Apparently his wife died not long before he did. very sad.

Added by Tommy Adams on 25 December 2015.
I met Mike a couple of weeks ago in Aberdeen. Was working for Songa in Sakhalin and elsewhere but got made redundant early December. Still living in Spain.

Added by Brendan O'Leary on 02 January 2016.
Hello all, was radio op approx 1976 on Alladin, run by some Norwegian outfit then. We had an explosion and fire caused by some welding jobs which exploded a pressure canister of something very explosive. Rig was evacuated except for yours truly and a few other hardy souls. Radio got a foot long piece of shrapnel through it. If I had been on duty would have taken both my legs off. Anyone remember this. Regards

Added by Stuart Brannen on 04 October 2016.
Hi - I was on the Sindbad 1978 and then the Ali Baba from 1982 as R/O, eventually leaving the North sea to join the Jebsens' Bergen drillship Pacnorse 1 in 1986 as DP/Electronics, working in Brazil.
They were fantastic days - especially when Ali Baba was working off north Spain for ENIEPSA - where I eventually moved to in 2006. Great to read some of the old names - am still in contact with Clive Holmes - night cook, he then moved on deck. Often wonder what happened to the likes of John Carter, Jan Gromstad, Jim Geddie, Herbie Scott and the others on the marine side.

Added by Elliot Smith on 23 February 2017.
Hello Elliot, long time no see. How is things with you. 40 odd years since we last worked together. I still live in Yorkshire but retired 12 years. Worked for Worcester Bosch until retirement. My e-mail is patprouse@mail.com. Regards Pat

Added by Pat Prouse on 24 February 2017.
Hello to all the former Aladdinauts. I can't remember any story that matches Stuart Brannen's tale and I collected stories about the Aladdin, the Ocean Rover, P84, Waage 1, and many other storyteller's retreats. I'm sure Stuart's story must be true, you could hardly leave the coffee-shop without getting involved in some explosion or other.
I suppose I should try to say something about the Emerald Producer. I was hired to go on the Ali Baba but was returned to the Aladdin for just one trip in 1982. It's true, Doug Gillan did me a favour!
Willie Fraser and Jimmy the Steward had taxis in Aberdeen last time I spoke to Willie. That was more than a few whilies ago. I also heard a heart-warming tale that Ivan the Horrible became a millionaire by marrying a London hairdresser. I cannot confirm the actuality but it's a nice thought.

Added by Louis Mair on 24 February 2017.
Good morning gentlemen its John Mac Millan here, I worked on the Sinbad Saxon in 79, and also the Aladdin, and when the Ali Baba ran aground in Peterhead harbour, Many years ago, my e mail
jmacdiamond@hotmail.com


Added by John Mac Millan on 25 February 2017.
Hi Pat
Good to hear from you. I've replied to your private e-mail, but is the 'domain' correct - mail.com ?
Elliot


Added by Elliot Smith on 26 February 2017.
Hi Elliot, I remember you well on the Ali BaBa. I remember you trying to learn the banjo especially on a Sunday when things were usually quiet.
I also remember you having to put a clear skin on it to keep the customs happy!! and if memory serves me right the sign you had on it, "can you play it I can hardly carry it" You also put a lifejacket on it in the chopper.
Happy Days


Added by Chris Harrison (Chief Lekky) on 04 March 2017.
Chris
Good to hear from you. Yes, I forgotten that the banjo head was a problem at customs, especially when I went to and from Brazil ! Remind me of the name of the electrician - I think his brother or brother-in-law played in Nazareth (from Fife).


Added by Elliot Smith on 07 March 2017.
It is always good to remember the happy times we had. Also pleased to know so many of us are still about. To those who remember me take care.

Added by Dave Moss (Chief Electrician) on 08 March 2017.
Hi Dave

Also good to hear from you. I've remembered the electrician I was thinking about - Kevin Sweet, can't remember it he was on Sindbad or Ali Baba.


Added by on 08 March 2017.
Electrician was called Kevin Sweet. Brother was drummer with Nazareth.

Added by Pat Prouse on 08 March 2017.
"radio ops from Sindbad about 1980 was Sandy Marshelsey who lives in the States and North Scotland and Mike Alison from Hull who passed away about 3 years ago.

Added by Pat Prouse on 08 March 2017.
Hello Lads, I have met or crossed paths with all named above while on Sindbad Saxon, OIM's John Carter (Lybster) and Herbie Scot (Orkney)also Mel Bertram Orkney (I was Bosun/HLO on Ali Baba) OIM was Jim Geddes from Westhill Aberdeen. Came across Sandy Marshelsey while at Wood Group and Mike Alison I met on one of the Shell Platforms, (I am saddened to hear of his passing)When I think about Jebsen's a few characters come to mind....Harvey Schnee (If we didn't have it in the stores he would make one on the Lathe)& Jean Claude more ladies man than tool pusher!
Trying to remember the names of the two brother tool pushers from Aberdeen Willie and ?. they were so broad spoken that when they did a handover no one around could understand a word they said.
Aye Elliot, a few escapades on the Ali Baba hey! Good runs ashore in Dordrecht after she hit the ground in Peterhead! Falmouth, coast of Spain, then west of Ireland (Off Shannon)Ali Baba was first rig to Lie off Aberdeen and we negotiated a crew change flight per week from Bristow's in return we let them use us as an offshore practice landing pad for trainee pilots. I transferred to the Aladdin after the Ali Baba was sold off then ended my time with Jebsen's after being electrocuted while working on a cement column in one of the legs.(During recovery I got notice with others that we were to be made redundant. Ended a good offshore career as a rigging supervisor/Assessor with Wood Group and now enjoying retirement sampling a few good Malts. Wishing all following this thread good wishes.

Added by Bill Elder on 11 April 2017.
Malcolm and Willie Littlejohn. After six rounds in 30 mins at the station pub they would put me on the train :" suth man, go suth ". Bill can you tell me anything about beatty watchstander with John Carter for many Years?

Added by Claudio@vecchiabologna.co.uk on 17 October 2017.
Hi all, I remember most of you, I worked on the Alladdin and the Sindbad, was on Jack Hrakins crew and with Bob Meadows for a while. Was Motorman initially but went to the floor with Wally Hodgkinson and Ray Milne, Claudio was Derrickman and Grant Jericevich was AD.

Added by George Cheyne on 07 March 2018.
IT see a long time ago now but I remember my time on both th Ali Baba the Sindad with great times and fellowship. As the Electrical Officer / Electrician I am so pleased to have made so many friends and I send good wishes to all who remember me. I am enjoying my retirement in my home of birth in Manningtree in Essex and am still travelling whenever possible on holidays around the world. I send my good wishes to all who served.
Dave Moss

Added by Dave Moss on 08 March 2018.
I worked on all 3 rigs and loved every minute until made redundant in 86 then rejoined those rigs with MSR then the Sinbad & the Aladdin we’re sold to Lauritzen and the names we’re changed to Dan Barroness & Countess after a while the same happened to them as happened to Jensen’s they bought an other rig and new offices and the bubble burst again and we were made redundant. I ended my offshore career in Angola due to ill health and have not worked since 2010, I am now enjoying retirement in Portugal.
It was great to see so many names that I remember from my days in the North Sea.

Added by Gerry Wilcox on 23 July 2018.
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