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Ali Baba, drydock June 1984
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No: 2724   Contributor: Chris Harrison   Year: 1984   Country: The Netherlands
Ali Baba, drydock June 1984

In drydock in Rotterdam after running aground in Peterhead, June 1984
Picture added on 25 August 2012 at 10:36
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The Ali Baba was later converted to the Emerald Producer. The first part of this conversion was done at Dundee by Davy Offshore (who I think went bust) and then it went to Invergordon to be finished by SLP -I think. The BP Miller deck had just gone out from Nigg, so a lot of guys were paid off. I, luckily!, got a start on the Emerald a few days before it was towed to it's location. There was two pipefitters, two platers and a welder left on it. It broke free on it's tow and one of the female accomodation crew had to be choppered off-she was so sea-sick ! All sorts of things happened on the eight + trips I spent on it. A pneumatically controlled butterfly valve on the Firewater ring main would not close and when it was all stripped out and the pipework taken appart a chainblock (rigging equipment)was jammed in the mechanism. Sabotage was suspected when the job was removed from Dundee. Everything was checked after that - even if it had been signed off. I can not remember the companies involved (Team SPEL and Midland and Scottish Resources ! ) but one weekend there were some high management flown out for a visit.

The next weekend they were back out and now it was discovered that these guys were security experts and they gathered-up the SPEL guys who were choppered-off in a second machine. Just like piracy. The security guys patrolled the rig for a few days in their shiny storm jackets, creased trousers and shiny boots ! The Invaders even had a mew OIM on board. He had been masquerading as a document clerk for the commissioning crew whilst "staking out the joint." None of this incredulous happening ever reached the media, but I think a lot of money changed hands. Alas the Emerald Field was not quite a pot of gold, and the plug was pulled after a few months ! There was also a Floating tanker called the Ailsa Craig.

There were some bad storms on this job too, and on more than one occasion it was a knotted rope across the Helideck to the Helicopter cabin door ! But as is normal with any job offshore - there were some good times. Has any-one heard of Dick Fraas the American One-eyed pipefitter known as "Dead Eyed Dick"? He travelled offshore with three kit bags, and at night in the accomodation wore a silk dressing-gown !

Added by George Paton on 31 August 2012.
I was on deck the night the rig snapped its moorings drifted across the bay , and we were taken off by rescue helicopter to the grass area near by.
Went to Holland to work and help assisting the NDT ? checks , walked right under rig in dry dock etc those were the days.

Added by Colin Lambert on 28 August 2016.
I was on the Sindbad Saxon for a couple of years then transferred to the Ali Baba as Bosun/HLO from when Jebsen took her over and renamed her in Stavanger. One of the first jobs the deck crew had on that day was to release baskets of pigeons/doves as the champagne bottle hit the leg at the naming ceremony. I was on leave when she ran aground in Peterhead but re-joined her in Dordrecht for refit. I remember it was at that time there was hell on when they inspected the hull for the damage....it was noted that the anodes that the divers had been welding on were not fitted to standard (Few were left after the storm) OIMs were John Carter (Originally from Lybster) and Jim Geddes (Westhill Aberdeen). Dry dock OIM was Herbie Scott from Orkney.
I was on her till she became one of the first rigs to "lie up" off Aberdeen we crew changed from there till she was sold. I transferred to the Aladdin. I was electrocuted in an accident down one of the cement tank columns during my recovery we were all made redundant.
A couple of the characters I remember from my time with Jensen's was a Canadian tool Pusher called Harvey Schnee and a French tool pusher called Jean Claude a right lad with the ladies. She had a few scrapes in her career with Jebsen's esp. off the coasts of Northern Spain and in the deep water off Shannon Western Ireland...Some great tales too many for here

Added by Bill Elder on 11 April 2017.
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