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No: 96   Contributor: Ronald Young   Year: 1998   Country: United Kingdom
Drilling Rig "Santa Fe 140" on the Black Marlin

Picture added on 03 November 2006
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Just to inform you, the heavy lift vessel in this picture is not the Black Marlin, she was completed in 1999. The vessel is actually the Mighty Servant 3 in her old Wijsmuller colour scheme as picture #327 confirms.

Added by Anon on 10 July 2008.
I was on the 140 down in W Africa - what a pile of rust - old and dismal, no accom upgrade, still the same as what it was in the North Sea.

Added by Scott Diplexcito on 03 March 2011.
I worked offshore with a pipefitter Willie Diplexcito. On the refurbing of the Brent Charlie in 95 I think. He was nicknamed Willie Duplex (after the metal) Any relation ?

Added by George Paton on 02 August 2012.
I was on the 140's lower hull when we floated her in a dry dock at Daewoo shipyard in Okpo, Korea. No rust at that time but still a pile of something. 140 wasn't near as bad as her sister 135. I was on her for a couple years including the building in 82-83. she had all the original mistakes made by the engineers, designers and shipyard. What a mess. Of course the only saving grace was the outstanding marine and drilling crew....;-)

Added by Beluga on 12 January 2014.
Worked on the 140 in the North sea over the summer months when the Thistle (Black Pig) was shut down for repairs.Was onboard at the time Piper Alpha exploded, good times on 140 painting derrick Santa-Fe orange as well as passing gulls!

Added by Mark Hamilton on 22 March 2014.
I worked on the SF 140 in the 84 - 86 in the N Sea

Added by Ian Edgar on 25 May 2014.
I worked for Santa Fe from 97-02 and did several of the computer upgrades on 140.

Added by Tom Price on 01 August 2014.
I was on the 140 and 135 before they went to Canada...or at least the 140 did....I think. Great crews even though I was only them for a couple of weeks at a time.

Added by Brian Wyllie on 05 July 2015.
I worked for Santa Fe on the GSF Rig140 on aff for 30 years some happy time even with a bit of rust.

Added by Peter Donald on 17 September 2015.
i joined the 135 during the build in daewoo shipyard 1982 till 1992, a great rig, great crews, all in all a great 10 years.
i am sure I created some of that rust.

Added by on 22 February 2016.
If this photo was from 1998 it must have been the rig was going to or returning from the US Gulf Coast. The job in the US Gulf was for BP. It was in the latter stages prior to the merge with Global. Santa Fe was a great company and the North Sea operations made it what it was.

Added by Steve Whittington on 03 November 2017.
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