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Drillship Songa Saturn
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No: 2015   Contributor: Robert West   Year: 2010   Country: Equatorial Guinea
Drillship Songa Saturn

The Drillship Songa Saturn, at anchor offshore Equatorial Guinea on the 12th January 2010. Previously, she had been called the Glomar Robert F Bauer.
Picture added on 22 January 2010 at 07:52
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She looks a litttle ruff

Added by Allen Rutherford on 31 January 2010.
Aye, she's rough, been on her in Equatorial Guinea 3 years ago, and then in Libya. It's worse inside.

Added by Anon on 30 September 2010.
Worked on this thing when it was the Bauer in Darwin in 1990

Added by Colin on 10 March 2013.
The Saturn was damaged on April 2nd 2011, as the result of a collision with an ex English channel ferry called the Windward II. The collision resulted in failure of Two bow anchors, which resulted in The Saturn being forced off location. This resulted in the drill string having to be sheared. However, we did not have time to emergency disconnect the LMRP. This resulted in severe damage to the rotary table, the catastrophic disconnection of the diverter, damage to the diverter housing and damage to the moonpool area, as well as damage to the slip joint and riser. The BOP ended up at an angle of 22.5 degrees. The damage to the Windward II was even more catastrophic, as she sank very quickly after the collision. As the Driller on shift at the time, I can safely say, that it was an exciting event.

Added by Robert West on 20 April 2013.
I worked on her renewal in Istanbul Tuzla. She looks like nobody likes her.

Added by Marijan Topic on 16 December 2014.
I see what you mean. However, I spent over 4 years on her, as an Assistant Driller and Driller. She was hard work, but in a 30 year offshore career, The Songa Saturn was the best time in that career. Although, that was thanks to working with some brilliant people. The time I took that picture, was just after a 5000 mile voyage from Malta to Equatorial Guinea. As we took loads of Vodka, Rum etc, it was really an extended booze cruise.

Added by Robert West on 18 December 2014.
I spent two weeks in Malta also on fixing things on Saturn. I have dozens of photos of her made in Tuzla and Malta. Also, I remember Colin, young guy, definitely younger than me. Also I have a photo of Colin in the shakers room.I wish this way to send all people from Songa Saturn and why not to all people in the World all the best in future.

Added by Marijan Topic on 19 December 2014.
Marijan, I would definitely like to see these pictures. Malta was a great experience it was basically a holiday for which I got paid.

Added by Robert West on 12 February 2015.
Spent 4 years on the Bauer between 1998 and 2002, the majority of which was spent drilling off West Africa, but did include a couple of wells offshore Peru, which was great. Remember her as being a bit rough, but great craic onboard!

Added by Stuartie on 01 March 2016.
Was on this thing when we sailed her from Singapore to Darwin Australia, I was the drunken Colin, She was hard work but, loved it, lot of good people. Sad to see her the way she is now.

Added by Colin on 21 August 2016.
I was one of the original tool pushers on the RF Bauer from the time she was christened until I left in April of 1990 when she was in Darwin. Back in the day, clients were standing in line to get a contract on this old ship. She drilled circles around the competition. Jim Long, RIP, was the rig manager and Rocky Dodd, RIP, was one of the drillers on the rig. Tony Trauth was my driller. There was a lot of pride in this ship back in those years. Trust me, I know where all the skeletons are buried on this old gal.Call Sign KFXP.

Added by Billy Jack Lawson on 22 June 2018.
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