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Invergordon & the Cromarty Firth
Oil Rig Photos
No: 186   Contributor: Calum Davidson   Year: 1988   Country: United Kingdom
Invergordon & the Cromarty Firth

Over the years the Cromarty Firth in northern Scotland has hosted a large number of 'resting' drilling rigs. The Queens Dock in Invergordon and the dry dock at Highlands Fabricators have both been used for repair and conversion of drillers.
Picture added on 28 November 2006
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The rig on the barges is the North Sea Pioneer, she used to be called the Transworld 58 and she was I think the first ever semi-submersible to come into the Cromarty firth. The other rig along side is the Ocean Alliance and she is bridged to the quayside by JP Knight's Khensu crane barge. The other rig that appears to be running anchors is either the Sta Dive or the Sta Drill I think.

Added by Ronald Young on 28 November 2006.
I have been trying for some time now to source a good quality picture of the oil rig Ocean Alliance. I worked on this particular rig when it was being built at the Scott Lithgow yard on the lower Clyde 1986-88. Although it was twenty years ago I still have fond memories of my time spent there but no photos at all. I have tried all other web sites with no success - can you help?

Added by Paul Glen on 14 March 2007.
Paul if you get in touch with a Mr Les Clark of Port Services Invergordon he should have some crackers of her doing her inclination testing in the Moray Firth. Their phone number is;- 01349 853341.

Added by Ronald Young on 22 March 2007.
Paul, I took many photos of this rig under construction. I was the foreman plater in the Kingston yard sub assembley sheds. Don't know where they are but I'll search them out some good ones of the foreward bow sections of the pontoons under construction.

Added by GRANT ELDER on 26 March 2008.
I think the orange painted rig was the Benvrackie, and the one being anchored is the Stadrill. The Benvrackie was converted to a floating production platform in this position. We all stayed on it, and as usual there were some characters ! The GF was a d..k who would not let you use his "suitcase-type" mobile phone to contact home. There was a subsea tie-in on one of the bottom braces and getting to it involved a free climb of a damaged ladderway down a leg, until a scaffold was put in! The names Expro and Peterhead Engineering come to mind. Ian Dean from Forres was another pipefitter on this job. The time was the summer of 89. Also that crane-barge lifted on the massive heat-shield up the top of the derrick, which had been converted into the flare-tower. The load started spinning like a helicopters rotor when it was high up and had to be swung away and lowered smartly before there was an accident. It was splashed into the water next to the old Kessock Ferry, Eilean Dubh which had carried it out as a temp supply boat !

Added by George Paton on 24 August 2012.
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