Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: USA & Singapore
Ferrari Life Posts: 5,509
Hi everyone, I'm back. Thanks for the concern. It was quite a ride. I've always hated it when the weatherman on TV proudly announces that "The storm has moved safely out to sea."
I wasn't onboard for Ivan round one, that was the biggie. I was onboard however, for Ivan round two when it reformed and headed back into the Gulf. We also had Matthew form up in the Gulf and come right at us. So we didn't drill an inch of hole the whole time I was out there. Plus we had, in addition to the hurricanes, a 4 knot current to contend with. To give you an idea of the strength of the current: Since water is denser than air, 1 knot of current has the same force on the ship as 30 knots of wind. The currents were so strong that we were not able to pull our marine riser package. So we are trying to get out of the storms path with 6,000 feet of marine riser hanging from the bottom of the rig. 72 joints of riser at 25 tons per joint. Just trying not to lose it or drag it across the bottom somewhere while its raining sideways outside. The wind was actually lifting the wipers off the bridge windows. Doesn't matter, nothing to see out there anyway. Funny thing is though, not once did we lose the satellite TV.
So yeah, Gulf of Mexico oil production was shut down for a little while. Since GOM oil is almost a third of domestic oil production, it doesn't have to be shut down long to affect prices. There were some platforms that were heavily damaged and some smaller ones capsized. Platforms, jack-up rigs and anchored rigs are completly evacuated before a storm. My company had one anchored rig that broke it's moorings during Ivan and they found it 75 miles away from location.
Self-propelled, dynamically-positioned rigs are down-manned to essential crew and evade storms. We can't break our anchors 'cause we don't have any! "Anchors are for Wankers!"
Then to add insult to injury, while I was out there my opposite went and got himself another job. So I had to remain onboard until they could find someone to fill the slot. They ended up promoting a guy off another rig to come out and relieve me. Once they got him onboard I had to stay on a few extra days to get him up to speed.
But hey, I guess that's why they pay me the medium bucks!
'79 308 GTS, '82 Jeep CJ7 Jamboree
"Time is what prevents everything from happening all at once."