How big is “Big Oil”?

As you all know I work as a mate on an OSV in the Gulf of Mexico. The time standing by offshore often turns into deep thinking for me, and yesterday morning while I was coming into Fourchon the general scale of things really struck me. I’m not sure many American’s realize the size of the equipment and facilitys never mind the oilfeild itself.
This is where one of my hobbies, photography, comes in. In the past year in the gulf I have taken nearly 900 photos of stuff that I think is cool. The beautiful sunrises and sunsets, the weather, platforms, vessels of all kinds. I hope you all enjoy and get a feel for the amazing equipment I find myself taking for granted.

Shell’s platform Brutus with the 280′ Hannah Chouest alongside


The ShenziTLP from 40 meters and 200 meters away. Taken around 35 feet off the water from my wheelhouse.



The Brutus TLP again with the 260′ Stim Star III moving in.


The drilling rig I work with Developmental Driller 1 with the 165′ Fast Skipper alongside, taken from 500 meters.


DD 1 again with the 320′ BJ Blue Dolphin sterned up and connected for a frac job.


As seen before on this blog, rig anchor chain being moved for storage at Fourchon Heavylift.



Drillship CR Luigs with the 280′ Amber alongside.


And then my vessel about 30 meters off of the CR Luigs With the 280′ Harvey Carrier sterned up at the forward crane.


HOS Iron Horse by herself, and then next to the Mad Dog spar.



At the end of the day though, all of this stuff is only huge when looked at in the correct way.


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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2 Responses to How big is “Big Oil”?

  1. Aaron Reed says:

    Love that last photo. Wall-worthy!

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