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Three vessels in the Firth
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Three vessels in the Firth

The Secdo rig 706 (originally misidentified as the 714), looking strangely truncated with her top works removed is loaded onto a transporter vessel for a voyage to the Black Sea, as the Cromarty Rose approaches the slip. She is having a major upgrade in the Ukraine.

I was perplexed as to why she would come to Scotland for "stripping down" before going to a shipyard in the Black Sea. Then I realised that she would have to pass under Bridges in Istanbul. Doooh
Picture added on 16 September 2007
Come on Calum surely you can see thats its Sedco 706 and not Sedco 714 and i heard she was heading for Singapore but i could have been misinformed. Do you have any info on the Mighty Servant 3 being raised yet, Dockwise website just says UNDER REPAIR for her.
Added by Ronald Young on 16 September 2007
Spot the deliberate mistake, but I was told on good authority that she was being taken to the Black Sea for re-fitting.
Added by Calum on 16 September 2007
Ah well your probably right Calum. Once again another cracking pic.
Added by Ronald Young on 16 September 2007
Yes you are right Calum and my dear old balding brother is wrong. (only joking Ron). one of my mates was on the 706 on its last job along side the Dunbar platform in the north sea, according to him the budget for refits shall go alot further out there....
Added by Warren Young on 17 September 2007
You can always count on your family to back you up cant you. Cheers Bro. Im pretty sure Calum snuck this one in to see if i would notice his "deliberate mistake".
Added by Ronald Young on 18 September 2007
Warren is right. One of my pals has just came back ashore from a big job in heavy seas on the 112 14 98, and confirmed to me that what Warren doesn't know about the oil industry isn't worth knowing.
Added by Greig on 20 September 2007
Sorry to disappoint Calum, Warren and Greig but according to the most reliable source of all(the people in volved in the floatout of Sedco 706 and the Cromarty Firth Port Authority)She is actually going to Singapore via the Suez canal. The conversion Was due to cost around £168 million and by stripping down over 3500 tons at Invergordon they saved around £20 million, so Greig the moral of the story is dont believe every thing you hear aboout Warren but dont worry i, m sure he, ll know something about the oil industry one day.
Added by Ronald Young on 20 September 2007
Yet again Old captain Pugwash seems to amaze us all with his indepth investigations on whats going on around the big big ocean of the Cromarty firth and further afeild..??( mind you what else is there to do when your are sitting in the wheel house of the Cromarty Flag ship "cromarty rose" whith your feet up......its a hard life bro). Back to the story of the 706, under very good info the 706 has "apparently" saved at least half of the costs in man hours and down time, but then again i did hear that Golden gloves, Big Kenny "sookie" Young was the main man on the end of the torch....? (Oh its a great family afair) Hope all is well at Number 9..
Added by Warren Young on 21 September 2007
Ronald - as always you are right, and I've now learned from several sources that she is - of course - going to Singapore for the refit, and upgrade. My problem was that I was following your advice, and listening to someone from the Port Authority, who told me she was off to the Black Sea. They were wrong it would appear....

Added by Calum Davidson on 23 September 2007
You really would think of all people they would know where she was going once she departed here, after all its on their own website. U, ll need to change informants Calum. Anyway its not her destination that matters this is an image library after all and as always you have given us another great picture.
Added by Ronald Young on 24 September 2007
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