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Douglas Platform
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No: 230   Contributor: Garve Scott-Lodge   Year: 2004   Country: United Kingdom
Douglas Platform

The Douglas Platform (seen behind its standby boat) is in the Irish Sea, off the coast of NW England.

© paulh
Picture added on 16 December 2006
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This is amazing since my dad works here and is a manager :D !! dad missing you on christmas day love you dad (paul) cloz xxxx

Added by Cloz on 25 December 2006.
I used to work for Gulf Offshore servicing the Douglas platform on the Highland Pioneer. In this picture I think it is the Grampion Pioneer standby vessel. In the background you can see the Irish Sea Pioneer jackup connected to the accomodation part of the Douglas which was once called the Morecambe Flame.

Added by Shaun Wyllie on 20 June 2008.
The ship in the picture is the Clywd Supporter - she was the standby vessel for the Osi an Hamilton north.. the Grampian supporter was the vessel that was looking after Douglas and the Hamilton..but now Vroon have got the contract so its now the Vos Inspirer.

Added by Alan on 07 July 2008.
I worked on the constuction of the bay driller and the morecambe flame in uie clydebank. And on the refit down at inchgreen just goes to show clydebulit lasts forever

Added by Wullie on 03 August 2008.
I worked on the flame when it was drilling .. first rig I ever set foot on !!

Added by Joe on 19 August 2008.
I stood by the building of both the MORECAMBE FLAME and BAY DRILLER on behalf of the owners Houlder Marine Dilling and British Gas at U.I.E. Clydebank in 81/82/83. Was Ch.Eng/Jack Eng. on B.D. in service on Morecambe field from 83-88 when Bawden Drilling took it on.

Added by Bob Whittaker on 05 December 2008.
I stood by the Bay Driller on Clydebank, then worked on it in Morecambe Bay 83/86 as Camp Boss.

Added by Alan Tyler on 23 August 2009.
Worked on the Irish Sea Pioneer as deck crew in August 2008. Very compact vessel but otherwise a good bunch of lads on there.

Added by Shaun Wyllie on 23 August 2009.
I have not worked in the drilling indudstry, but have been asked to build a model of the Morecambe Flame, or Bay Driller platforms. I cannot trace any plans or drawings. Can anyone help me please.

Added by Tony Fancy on 14 October 2009.
I was with the Irish Sea Pioneer in the ship yard in New Orleans and when the legs were welded on in Texas. I sailed with her on the Mighty Servant from the US gulf to the float off at Anglsey(circa 1995) I was part of the crew as ETO. Good lads on board.

Added by Kevin Graham on 17 February 2010.
I'm just off the Douglas and it had I.S.P. jacked up alongside, that's some sight to see when flying off on a nice clear day!

Added by Marc on 30 April 2010.
I worked on the comissioning of the Bay driller and Morecambe Flame, then worked on the Bay Driller to drill the first holes in Morecambe Bay.

Added by Kevin Russell on 14 May 2010.
I worked as an engineer on the bay an the driller. I was sub'd by UIE to Hyram Eng, who did the hydraulics for the tilt derrick, still got photos somewhere on top of the derrick. When we took both rigs doon the water of Greenock to weld on the next leg sections, we just cleared the Erskine bridge by coupla feet.

Added by Richie Patton on 24 June 2010.
I was on Bay Eriller from 1990 till 94, when it was used for accomodation. Was wondering if anyone knew what it's called now? Thing Global Marine bought it way back then.

Added by Jim Simmons on 15 September 2010.

Added by Bob Whittaker on 21 September 2010.
Bay Driller became the Adriatic XII, I worked on her for 5 years with Global Marine.

Added by Sf on 06 February 2011.
14 years as a production op, management a bit iffy but operations solid (Douglas Platform). H&SE a lot to answer for, spoiled a good job.

Added by Jim Philip on 06 February 2011.
I worked on the Morecambe Flame and Bay Driller, during the construction from start to completion. I was a plumber/pipefitter with UIE and proud of the work carried out in Clydebank.

Added by John Nock on 26 July 2011.
Worked as deck crew on the driller, and as a roustie on the flame around 90-91, some good lads onboard both rigs.

Added by Paul Rattigan on 13 October 2011.
Lived and worked on both the Bay Driller and Morecambe Flame from 1984 to 1994 with B.G. Left them to work for BHP in Liverpool Bay, and bugger me, back on the Morecambe Flame - but now called Douglas Accommodation Platform and I'm still working there. Looks very different to its days as Morecambe Flame, but the nameplate is still visible on the hull.

Added by Paul Coxhill on 12 June 2012.
My husband is going to be going to Douglas soon and I was wondering if anyone who worked there could give me information. I.e. is there Wi-Fi? Will I be able to keep in touch easily? What is the food like? All information will be gratefully received to help me know a bit more about what's happening?

Added by Kat on 07 June 2013.
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