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Maesrk Highlander in Beryl Field
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No: 410   Contributor: Andy Boggett   Companies: Maersk   Year: 1988   Country: United Kingdom
Maesrk Highlander in Beryl Field

Maersk Highlander semi-submersible drilling rig being towed to new well location in Beryl Field taken from High Seas Driller.
Picture added on 13 July 2007
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Maersk had only recently bought the rig from Global Marine (Glomar Arctic 1?). I was on there as Rig Electrician and stayed about four years.

Added by Tony Brooke on 19 March 2009.
Worked as a mudlogger on the Maersk Highlander in 1988 as well as High Seas Driller. I'm sure we probably bumped into each other.

Added by Andy Boggett on 07 June 2009.
We probably did Andy, but you know what the oil field is like. In my twenty-three years on rigs I worked on only six rigs and must have met a hundred mud loggers and you probably met that many bolshie electricians?
You might remember Bill Hodgson and Tim Blatch the Chief Engineers? It seems not long since, but I retired from the oilfield in 2003,after ending up in Brazil on a DP drillship.
Good luck to you mate.

Added by Tony Brooke on 07 June 2009.
Hi, I also worked on the Highlander in 88. Great rig.

Added by Phil Murray on 22 August 2009.
There had been a disaster on there a few years before that, during Global Marines ownership, which killed two of the Rig Engineers and came close to sinking the rig.

Added by Tony Brooke on 24 August 2009.
HI Tony It was the arctic 11 (picture #1712) that the two guys were killed on. The rig was testing a well at the time. I got home the day before the explosion. I got paid off then rehired when the rig went to Rotterdam for the refit. The explosion was caused by a gas pipe leak in the leg that the two guys were working in.

Added by Phil Murray on 24 August 2009.
Thanks for the memory kick and for pointing me to the better photo of the Arctic2, Phil.
They are actually the same rig and it was just the number I got wrong. Quite a few of the Maersk crew on the Highlander had been on the rig at the time of the explosion (due to formation fluid having been pumped into an air reciever bottle in the stb pontoon and igniting when the Chief pushed the lift button to go down to help the 2nd check out what it was in the bottle). I believe the rig changed quite a bit during the refit, but I always felt slightly nervous going down that leg in the stb lift after hearing the story from the survivors.

Added by Tony Brooke on 25 August 2009.

Have added picture of Highlander boarding card - picture #1902.

Added by Andy Boggett on 25 August 2009.
Tony, my brother remembers you from the Highlander. He was a derrickman at the time,
Ian Murray, amazing memory.

Added by Phil on 03 September 2009.
Please pass on my regards to Ian, Phil. Though I doubt he would recognise me after nearly 20 years. Last person I saw from the Highlander was Mike Gillis who was an AD there, and came to the Nedrill Workship 1 / Noble Leo Segerius as a Driller, in Africa and then Brazil. His brother, Gordon, was also a Driller on the Highlander. I also used to remember most of the names but afraid its all starting to fade a bit now.
All the best to you Phil,

Added by Tony Brooke on 04 September 2009.

It was like opening a time machine. How is life treating you? Well I hope. Michael is OIM on an old Drill ship in Nigeria for Frontier and I am OIM in Qatar. Life has been good so far no major health problems apart from the sore knuckles and knees syndrome. Take care Tony. Drop us an E mail some time and will catch up then.

Added by Gordon Gillies on 04 December 2009.
Hi Guys
I spent years on there, ended up as the Scarabeo 6. I finally left as OIM from the rig in 2005, first arriving in 1987 !!
I remember you all.

Added by Dave Pockley on 28 May 2010.
He Tony, just wandered through here, finding some information on the explosion we had on the Segerius on the APV system. Nice to see that you are retired now.

Added by Andre Zegers on 29 August 2010.
Andre, Are you still out there in that deep water?
What a rig that old NLS was. I guess we should all be thankful it was only the APV pipework that blew. It could just as easily have been another Deepwater Horizon. To be honest I haven't thought about the offshore world much since retiring in 2003. Apart from messing about on a few small boats, more pass-time than work, and a recurring dream about waiting for the last crew change chopper to arrive on some old rig where things always need fixing before I can go, I have not been back to sea since 03 and with the old age pension kicking in this year I never will. But I do have some good memories of Neddrill 1/NLS. I don't suppose there have been any good beach bar parties in the sub sea's cabin since you left, but if you ever do reach any conclusions about the APV fiasco I would be interested to read about it. (I still remember hearing the Bang and wondering where the hatch cover went). And if you keep in touch with Sid or Sheedy say Hello from me.
Cheers Amigo you take care.

Added by Tony Brooke on 30 August 2010.
On the Highlander with Mobil when it left Invergordon for the first well after Maersk bought it. After 30 years, still one of the best rigs/crews I ever worked with.

Added by David Deal on 07 January 2011.
Hi Dave, hope you are ok, those were the days, remember leaving Invergordon with Sailing on the PA, classic!

Added by Dave Pockley on 07 January 2011.
Hey Dave

Remember it well. Something to be said for the old oilfield. I am about 2 months away from retirement from ExxonMobi. I still have fond memories of the Highlander and especially all of the good people.

Added by David Deal on 08 January 2011.
Served as BCO on the Glomar Arctic 1, as it were, from 90-94 for Amerada Hess on the Scott Field. Curious to know who was lost, and pray I dont know them. Fond memories otherwise, she rode the North Sea well.

Added by Dan O'Sullivan on 25 March 2014.
Hi guys I was known as 'Cemetery' on the highlander. My name finian Walsh back to back was Jim rose who has sadly passed on. I am als now retired due to illness but remember all the boys fondly. Some of my best times and craic offshore. wish you all well.

Added by Fiinian Walsh on 27 February 2016.
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