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Rig in Cromarty Firth - 1996
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No: 80   Contributor: Garve Scott-Lodge   Year: 1996   Country: United Kingdom
Rig in Cromarty Firth - 1996

This driller is named Scarab or Scarabe I think. It's seen passing Cromarty whilst being towed into the firth for maintenance.
Picture added on 30 October 2006
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I think this is MAERSK HIGHLANDER or one of the Glomar Arctic rigs.

Added by Ronald Young on 01 November 2006.
Ronald Young is correct in mentioning the Maersk Highlander, though the original caption is closer to the 1996 name of Scarabeo 6.
She was built in Finland and delivered as the Glomar Arctic II, in 1984. She was sold around 1986 and re-named the Arctic Sunrise, though she never worked under that name.
Maersk bought her, circa 1988, and sold her to Saipem in 1995.

Added by Louis Mair on 03 August 2007.
Certainly looks like the Maersk Highlander. I worked on this rig in 1988 and still have the boarding card with photo although it looks well used now! The accomodation and food at that time was 5 star compared with most exploration rigs!

Added by Andy Boggett on 05 August 2007.
I took this photo whilst working on the Nigg jetty. A team of three of us were inspecting the oil and ballast lines under the jetty - it was perfect weather for it - flat calm with no wind. That rig was coming in as we worked and I suddenly became aware of an unexpected sound. We went to watch the rig coming in, and sure enough, there was a piper playing on the helideck!

Added by Garve on 09 August 2007.
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