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My Worst Job Ever - 1996
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No: 214   Contributor: Garve Scott-Lodge   Companies: Shell   Year: 1996   Country: United Kingdom
My Worst Job Ever - 1996

The editor (on the left) standing with colleague Brian James near the bottom of one of the legs of the Shell Cormorant platform. I'd been inspecting pipework 40 feet below hanging on the end of a rope, and know that I've got 30 ladders to climb, carrying a rebreather, before I can get back to sea level to have lunch.
Picture added on 06 December 2006
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I remember the job well, who wouldn't!!!
Ian Jack, Muscle's Jacko was on the job and took the photo, he thought the ladder climb out was great fun, then again he was an SBS marine!!
Ah the good old days.

Added by Brian James on 11 December 2006.
Hey Garve, done the very same kinda job on the Dunlin. Just as nasty and not too much fun...

Added by Jimi Gill on 15 December 2006.
good lord! you're rig pigs and you've a touch of dust on yer. AND bit of effort to do the job, well woe is you, get over yourelves for christ's sake!

Added by Jas on 09 June 2007.
It looks very familiar to me. Spent many shifts there doing the business. Hope you enjoyed it.... ha ha ha.

Added by Terence Wilson on 26 January 2008.
......... Aye and I put the temporary lights in and maintained them.

Added by Dirty Harry on 08 November 2008.
Hello Garve, just popping in to say hello on the strength of being on some of the same jobs at the same time, although not this one. I can remember the event you told of re. the flare stack and deluge on the Murchison (see picture #553) and I was caught directly below the stack on the cellar deck in the same event. The noise was incredible down there. We had just been watching you lads doing your thing. My very first experience of CAN was Magnus, mid eighties, when some rope access guys were hanging upside down under the flare platform. Couldn't believe it at the time. I remember thinking "no way" could I do that for a living. Didn't even feel comfortable standing ON that bloody flare platform. never mind hanging underneath. Just seen mention of an SBS marine on this thread. I was aboard Claymore (about 1977/8) when the SBS had an assault excersize. We were warned it was going to happen and told not to interfere. (keep out of the way) They swam in (in daylight) from boats and climbed up the legs the hard way to gain access. Rubber suits, ropes, festooned with gear and weapons. It weren't no game to THOSE guys. Wonder if that excersise was unique in the North Sea. By the way, I also used to get almost as dirty as you are in this pic, hence my nickname, oilslick. In my case it was soot and diesel plus drilling mud.

Added by Alan Clark on 03 January 2011.
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