I’ll pass on that job in Africa

Recently while reading on Marine Log’s website I came across an article about Songa Offshore selling their modern Semi Submersible Ultra Deep Water drill rig that is operating in Angola region. What is somewhat odd about this decision is the fact that currently day rates for similar equipment in Africa is at an all time high. While having flexibility and units positioned in different regions can be a good thing, one reason they may be selling the unit (Songa Eclipse) is due to the fact that the majority of their business is with Statoil in the north sea, and this may be a move to focus their business accordingly. However as cited in a similar article on Gcaptain, personnel issues may be another big reason why Songa is looking to looking to get out of operations in Angola. According to an email released through the cocunut telegrpagh that is Gcaptain’s forums, there have been several attacks by ax weilding locals working on the rig, directed towards their Expat superiors. According to this email (see post #6), the crew has had to go so far as to hide certain members in different rooms onboard until they could be evacuated by helicopter.
So while their may be a pay bonus for working in africa, I’ll be happy to stay here in the gulf. The worst I have to worry about from deckhands here is getting called a dumbass yankee, and not getting hacked to bits by an ax wielding native.

About newenglandwaterman

1600 Master Near Coastal, Master of Towing Vessels, and a whole binder full of other pieces of paper. You can find me at the controls, hooked up and hard over, when I'm not at home playing with the dogs
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