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Sedco 706
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No: 448   Contributor: Calum Davidson   Year: 2007   Country: United Kingdom
Sedco 706

Calum says "The Secdo rig 706, looking strangely truncated with her top works removed is loaded onto the Mighty Servant 1 for a voyage to the Black Sea, as the Cromarty Rose approaches the slip. She is having a major upgrade in the Ukraine.

I was perplexed as to why she would come to Scotland for "stripping down" before going to a shipyard in the Black Sea. Then I realised that she would have to pass under Bridges in Istanbul."

The picture was taken in the Cromarty Firth in Scotland, and the Cromarty Rose in the foreground is the local car ferry.
Picture added on 16 September 2007
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That was my first rig, when I started offshore last June. I had a mate on there until recently that told me she was (the 706) was due in to be stripped down but he was told she was goin to Hyundai to be refitted to the tune of £250 million then shipped over to Brazil to resume drilling down there.

Added by Gus Mackay on 21 September 2007.
Some of the above info is incorrect ..The 706 is at present in Singapore being upgraded to DP (dynamically positioned) similar to the 707 and 709 upgrades of some years ago.

Added by Duncan Murray on 26 April 2008.
Glad to see the old girl still working. I was a "wet behind the ears" Boilermaker back in 1976 and worked on her at the Kaiser shipyard where she was fabricated.

Added by Kevin Hangman on 07 January 2009.
It just got to Rio de Janeiro about a week ago. It should start drilling in about a week. Will attach some pics when I get on it next week.

Added by Jimmy Lozano on 07 May 2009.
I worked on this rig (Sedco 706) in the mid-80's - in the Gulf of Mexico. A long time ago.... The explosion and ultimate sinking today of the Deepwater Horizon stimulated me to look up 706. Glad to see she's still working - sorry to hear about the other one going down.

Added by V K Kewley on 22 April 2010.
Was based on this when it was supporting the Dunbar Forvie subsea tie in. It was def due for a refurb!

Added by Mark R on 05 July 2010.
What a picture!
Worked on her on her first assignement in the Gulf of Alaska where she explored for Shell in 1976/1977. Also rode her on the first leg (Alasks to Seattle) of her transfer from the Gulf of Alaska ot Brazil. Was a hairy trip in stormy Weather due to the missing partitioning of the lower horizontal Caissons.

Added by Hans L. Stix on 27 January 2011.
Hi Worked on the 706 off of Newfoundland years ago.
Good rig was on her when the Ocean Ranger sank as chief electrican. (Only had one in those days)

Added by Archie Mackinnon on 01 March 2011.
I was on her about 5 weeks before this was taken to remove the wind wall's, draw work's, dog house, A great 2 weeks hacking and slashing. Good bunch of lads as well at the time.

Added by Jake on 15 March 2012.
I too worked on her off of Newfoundland in the Hibernia field. I was a Diver, & she had a nice Reneau B 1000' saturation diving system on her, until it was replaced by an R.O.V.. Always felt safe on her, even in the worst N. Atlantic gales. Happy to see she lives on...

Added by Daniel Vale on 10 May 2012.
Worked on her in the Gulf of Alaska 1978.

Added by Ty Jones on 14 August 2012.
Well this is very Nostalgic for me. I also worked in the fabrication of this old girl at the Kaiser Steel Plant in Napa, California 1974-76. I also worked on the fabrication of 707, 708 and 709. I was assigned to most of the round-seaming and all internal framing and bulkhead installations from the jig work and out at the dry docks. Started out with John Rawlins and Frank Cole as a fitter-helper. 6 month's to a year later I was promoted to a Journeyman Boilermaker! Most physically demanding job I have ever had. Hats off to all those who worked on her.

Added by Calvin Baumgarten on 20 December 2012.
I remember working on the Sedco 706 whilst it was positioned next to the Dunbar platform in the North Sea. I hope the refit including the accomodation as it was a bit of crap hole!

Added by Steve Coomber on 25 February 2014.
I also worked on the fabrication of Sedco 706 and 708 as a lofter. Did the first body plans in March of 1973 for the 18 and 30 foot diameter columns. It was my first big project after making lofter, Cecil McCoy was the lead lofter. Am really surprised to still see her in service.

Added by Larry Duncan on 14 March 2014.
Nice to hear shes still in use. I worked on her in the early 1990`s, North sea, Brent I think. Had such a good crew. Sturdy in some crazy weather, hard work but good times.

Added by Mickey Moynihan on 13 August 2014.
I worked on the SEDCO 706 in bearing sea crew changed out of yakattack, I was a robust about and then a floor hand for one year. Then it was towed to Seattle.we were in a bad storm that I'll never forget. If you were on the right you know what I mean.a awesome group of men to have worked with.

Thanks Doug Campbell,

Added by Doug Campbell on 10 September 2016.
I worked on the 706 in 77-78 as a diver in the Gulf of Alaska. We crew changed out of Yakutat and were 40 mi. south of Cape Yakataga.

The first hole was at -540', the second was about 500. Took 6 weeks to move locations because of weather. Shell had to air freight 4 30k Danforth anchors up from Seattle to hold on hard bottom. On the second hole they were drilling casing? and a storm hit. Slip joint was at full stroke and the drill string sheared off just below the drill floor sending 500' of pipe onto the base plate. Warren Deppe the Shell engineer was about as cool and unflustered as any man I have seen. He summoned the diving crew to look a the subsea camera and calmly asked if we had any ideas as to how to fix this. Burning it of by hand was soundly rejected as a good way to die, a shaped charge got no votes and we eventually sent two guys on a sat run with the tongs on drill string. There was a big loop on top of the heap on the bottom. Miraculously one guy ( ex-SEAL) managed to get them closed by rotating it horizontally. Stuff is lighter underwater, right?
They pulled the whole mess to the surface doubled over with only about 3" of torn string holding the whole 500'. In the end, Shell blew the 3 year budget in 13 months and sent us home.

Also worked on the Ocean Ranger. Somehow I thought the 706 also went down, in Brazil???
Did they recover and refurbish it?

Added by Dick Livingston on 08 October 2016.
Wow Should I remember all that , installed the Diving saturation system on the 706 in Napa then went as Dive superintendent to Yakutat, Dick you should write the book remember the barndoors?(Halibut)

Added by Erik Geerts on 15 October 2016.
Looking for name of Bow Drill 3 1st mate and rig engineer in1985? Hibernia

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Added by Aly Chiman on 02 August 2018.
I remember when one of the main 8' structural I beams under the motor room was bent like it was a piece of pasta during anchor running operations back in the eighties. Not much regard for following operational parameters back in the day. Safety was at the whim of the toolpusher and downtime was frowned upon no matter what the situation. Still very much the norm in some parts of the world. Other than being operated and stretched to it's limits by safety ignorant "gettin' er done" GoM coon asses...the rig was a tough old girl and serviced the cold, turbulent, unforgiving Newfoundland offshore waters for 6-7 years. Brought in the Hibernia oilfield which scared the crap out of everyone on board.

Added by Doug Sellars on 31 October 2018.
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