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shoot to thrill 11-10-2012 11:23 PM

How big is "Big Oil" (picture intensive)
As some of you may know I drive a supply vessel in the Gulf of Mexico for a living. The time standing by offshore often turns into deep thinking for me and this morning while I was coming into port 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.

This first picture is the Brutus platform. It is a floating production platform that is called a TLP, or tension leg platform. To get an idea for size, the supply vessel Hannah Chouest along side is 280' long.

This is another TLP called Shenzi, my vessel occasionally services it. These two photos were taken from ranges of 75 and 200 meters from the wheelhouse of my vessel about 35' above the water.

Here is another of the Brutus with the 260' Stim Star III at a close standby

This is a 200,000 pound wellhead being lifted up to the rig off my deck, notice the size of my deckhands.

The rig I normally service, Developmental Driller One, with the crew boat Fast Skipper in the foreground. Photo taken from 500 meters.

We are about 30 meters off the drillship CR Luigs in this picture with the 280' Harvey Carrier sterned up to the forward crane.

The Developmental Driller One with the well stimulation vessel BJ Blue Dolphin sterned up to them. She is about 320' long

Here in fourchon is the fist of the true "big boats" the Akira Chouest. She is every bit of 320' long and sitting almost entirely inside Shell's shed at slip nine in C-Port Two.

Rig anchor chain being lifted for storage at Fourchon heavy lift

Tetra Hedon, one of the largest floating pedestal cranes in the world. The crew boat tied up to its stern is about 100' long

Even with how huge all of this stuff is, things can still seem pretty small when viewed from certian angles.

Marmaduke 11-10-2012 11:27 PM

Cool photos! That looks like a fun job.

sQuidvision 11-11-2012 12:21 AM

super cool pictures! i really enjoyed looking at these.

Bow 11-11-2012 08:18 AM

Dude, Those chains the guys are standing next to about halfway down look like they are 3-4 feet long! I watched this cool video of a helicopter landing on one, I'll see if I can find it again. That thing look like 3 mini Kowloon Walled Cities tied together!

Toad 11-11-2012 08:33 AM

My jaw dropped when I saw the size of the chain. I didn't realize how massive oil drilling machines are.

p-bpat 11-11-2012 08:38 AM

Awesome pictures. Educational too!

HokiePB 11-11-2012 10:12 AM

Great pictures! I lived in Galveston for a while and can remember how big all of that equipment was. I haven't seen any of that stuff in years. Thanks for sharing!!

paintslinger16 11-11-2012 10:19 AM

awesome pictures! Leaving near the St. Lawrence seaway I have seen many freighters and tankers traveling the river.
These ships are huge and seeing them dwarfed by that rig really puts them in perspective, to just how massive that oil rig is.

Interceptor 11-11-2012 10:26 AM

Very cool. Who does the security for those rigs? Can you get me a name of the company possibly?

mailmanmike 11-11-2012 10:30 AM

That chain is intense! Really great photos!

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