I'm back on another rig in the GoM. This time Mad Dog
, a BP spar platform slightly smaller than Holstein. I'm going to try and get photos later on.
This spar is anchored with 12 chain/10" nylon hawsers where Holstein is anchored with 16 chain link cables. The main difference is the nylon hawsers will stretch. This gives a perceptual rocking motion to the platform even in relatively calm seas.
On Holstein it takes significant wave motion, 8-10', to feel even the slightest motion. Since my bunk is much higher from the sea floor than it was on Holstein I'm expecting the rocking motion will help me sleep tonight
The crew is also much smaller than Holstein, 50-60 crew on board at a time. It was almost 150 until the hurricane last year destroyed the drilling rig - the remnants are on the bottom of the Gulf! Because of that the 100 or so crew that were dedicated to the drilling rig are no longer here.
Because the price of oil’s so low it does not make financial sense to reinstall the drilling rig, an investment of over $100MIL. The present crew will admit that Holstein is bigger but they are quick to point out that the volume of gas and oil from Mad Dog exceeds Holstein.
These people are among the most dedicated and professional groups I have ever met outside the military, and even then it was mostly combat oriented troops.
They are justifiable proud of their industry and will tell you at the drop of the hat how vitally important they feel their jobs are to the safety and security of the U.S. It really is a humbling experience to be around these guys and girls. That includes everyone from housekeeping to the rig boss. Depending on their jobs they work from 14 days on, 14 days off to 21 days on, 7 days off (catering/housekeeping folks) Everyone is always dusting and keeping things clean and shipshape.
Once again the most dangerous risk I face out here is overeating excellent food, especially the desserts! I’ll try to get some photos and post them later on.
This is going to be a short trip, I came out today, Saturday and (weather permitting!) will return on Monday.