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Sedco 709 Drill Rig
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No: 1887   Contributor: Driaan Louw   Year: 2009   Country: South Africa
Sedco 709 Drill Rig

Taken 18/1/2004 in Cape Town Harbor, on Gavea Lifter
Major work carried out, thrusters replaced, blister tanks modified.
Picture added on 05 August 2009 at 12:12
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The refit was 2006, she is now cold stacked in Malaysia.

Added by George on 18 February 2011.
Still very cold stacked in Kemaman, Malaysia. Saw her last week. Looks as though her next trip will be to the scrappies!

Added by Jock on 15 November 2011.
Shame iv'e worked on the whole lot of the 700's apart from this one and the 700, They are showing there age the whole lot of them but great to work on, Sorry to see.

Added by Jake on 14 March 2012.
Scotian slope 175 miles south east of Halifax NS Canada 4800 feet of water January 1983 !
Bobby Caldoun Rig Sup Sedco 709
Best coming of age experience a 23 year could have !
Thank You !
I want to thank Brian Myra for being such a prick it made me want to be the best that I could be :)
Sincerely Tim Cariou roustabout / roughneck safety first!

Added by Tim Cariou on 20 March 2012.
I was there off Halifax in 83 with a bunch of others Scots guys. Bob Caldow (from Ayr) the rig super. stopped the rig working so that everyone could go and wave to Dutch submariners who had gathered on the deck of their submarine which had surfaced dangerously close to the aft of the rig. I lasted 9 or 10 weeks then they had to pull the riser (85 joints). I'd had enough by then.

Added by Bill Collie on 27 August 2012.
The mighty Sedco 709-Top of the line Drilling Rig. Five plus years as an Elect on board .I guess the cold weather work used it up.Earl Olson -Super-Good co, Good people

Added by Kernel Hobgood on 04 July 2013.
Worked 5 plus years on the "9". Good people good rig good times.klh

Added by Kernel Hobgood on 16 July 2013.
She is still cold frozen stacked in Malaysia, sad ending but yes she no doubt will end up at the breakers yard. 24/4 2014

Added by Kevin Wright on 25 April 2014.
One of the best ever built in her day-Home for 5yrs plus in the 80's

Added by Kernel Hobgood-elect- on 08 May 2014.
I've just remembered , there was a plaque on the wall in the mess describing her as the CADILLAC of the fleet

Added by Bill Collie on 11 June 2014.
That is rite Bill. In her day-top of the fleet. Five yrs plus on the "LADY".ONE BIG FAILY.

Added by Kernel Hobgood on 12 June 2014.
Transocean just announced this week that she will go for scrap (along with 700, 701 and 710).

Added by David Murdoch on 22 December 2014.
On her way to scrap now.

Added by David Murdoch on 29 January 2015.

Added by Driaan Louw on 13 February 2015.
I worked on the Sedco J (1976, 1977, 1979), Took the 708 from Kaiser/ Oakland to Kodiak (6-7 months) . Have photos of the 709 under construction in Halifax as I passed through coming home from Labrador Canada. I think 1979. Sad to think a brand new rig ( in my mind) is now scrap. 1976-1981 some of the best years of my life.

Added by Kevin McGuire on 14 February 2015.
I also worked on the J and the H when they were in the North Sea. One incident springs to mind about the J. We were caught in the tail end of a hurricane and it stayed stable when all around us rigs were breaking anchor chains

Added by Bill Collie on 20 February 2015.
Any of you out there have specific news as to what happened to the Sedco J and the 708? I've seen report that the J capsized while under tow off South Africa. Any more details and what of the 708? I was a crane operator on both rigs, and the first Sedco personnel crane operator out of the Kaiser shipyard for the 708. PS thank you for your information (KM)

Added by Kevin McGuire on 20 February 2015.
Duke Zinkgraf told me the Sedco 709 was conceived on a napkin in a Houston restaurant between Sedco and Shell high end managers to build the worlds first DP Semi. I was the initial Electrical/DP Supervisor assigned to the 709 built at the Hawker Siddley Shipyard Halifax NS along with Ed Menshik. I also started working offshore on the Sedco J with good friends Bob Russell, Mike Pothier, Leon Lutz and many others.

Added by Oliver Dickie on 21 February 2015.
Hi. all looking for work on oil rig- need to talk to someone- my name is max 30 years old- looking for work my e-mail
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Added by Massimi Fortini ( on 25 November 2015.
Worked on the 9 for shell east coast for schlumberger I remember kernel hobgood was on it for the hole time.

Added by Garry poffenroth on 03 December 2015.
Was on the 709 in deep water the location was 80 miles from the titanic site the company out of Calgary was northcore will never forget that.there were good stores the best we're at midnight supper.

Added by Garry poffenroth on 10 December 2015.
I work on the 709 in cape wharf repairing all da lubricant stainless steel line for drill we were employed by dormac marine it was my first time I work on a oil that was alive I would like to do onemore trip on anyone it was a good rig

Added by Clifford Noel on 05 February 2016.
I worked as Radio Operator during 1985 and 1986 offshore NL on the Flemish Pass. Had many good chats with crew members in the old radio room. Great old lady. Still got the smell off paint in my nose from the fitness room in the paint locker in one of the legs. Will never forget my first helicopter landing on the cold wet deck on a very foggy day

Added by David Hancock (St.Johns, NL) on 27 July 2016.
I also had the pleasure of working on the 709, as the Halliburton Cementer in the north sea, loved that rig and all the crews, Bob Caldow really impressed me.

Added by Cecil Davidson on 21 May 2017.
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