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Chris Chenery Firth of Forth Scotland
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No: 3041   Contributor:   Year: 2015   Country: United Kingdom
Chris Chenery Firth of Forth Scotland

New build for the Offshore Company (IDC) at start of contract to Shell UK Exploration and Production. Date summer 1975.
Picture added on 20 November 2015 at 12:02
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I believe this is still the largest semi in the world. I was an assistant driller at the time and helped while the derrick builders from Arkansas assembled the derrick. We finished installation of various systems before taking rig to its first job for Shell Oil. Rig set a speed record of 30 or 35 knots end route. I believe props were turning 100 rpm but not certain. We were in 550 ft of water which was really deep at the time. There was definitely a learning curve for all of us but no bad for it's first well. One negative comment. Rig manager was not a nice guy. Working on the rig was a great experience for a 26 year old from Oklahoma. I love the Scottish people.

Added by Dale Reid on 10 June 2016.
Chris Chenery is now Ensco 5001 cold stacked in Malaysia. She was largest semi in world at time of construction but no more. I worked on her from 1975-1977 in UK and Norway.This is my photo Firth of Forth 1975.

Added by Gordon Stalker on 13 August 2016.
I worked on the bounty in the 1980 as a roustabout/roughneck and a number of other rigs, the pacesetter 1 and 2 endever, wildcat, and the ocean explorer but have foned memmories of the ocean bounty would like findout whot happend two the crew.

Added by Steve Johnson on 05 February 2017.
I worked on her when new on her delivery from blohm and boss to the Firth of Forth off Methyl , 30 knots is a bit fanciful, I was in the navy and frigates were supersaturated if they could manage that , fifteen at a push more like.

Added by Ramsay on 19 February 2018.
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