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The Seawell is in dry dock at Haugesund, Norway, for what can only be described as a major re-fit, and she will be there for approx five weeks. The first week a team of ten men worked around the clock, grit blasted her entire hull, and when I left her the other day, they had just given her hull the third coat of primer, first (red) second (greenish) third (silver-grey) and there will be a total of seven coats in all, that's counting the top coat, (red-ish). Her hull is in amazing condition for a 19-year-old ship, and she looks like a new build. The weather over there has been very good, not a cloud in the sky for the first ten days, which is just as well for this work. Her derrick is also getting all its welds tested (for re certification) scaffolding was erected for the job, at a staggering cost of £70.000!!! Also, she has had a new generator fitted, and a hole was cut in her side for this. All her internal decks have been renewed, alley-ways, mess-rooms, t.v. rooms, and some of her 80+ cabins. Her DP system is being upgraded as well, and she will now be up there with the best of them. Both her “Big” cranes will have their rams overhauled, as well as other stuff like load cells, wires, hydraulic pumps e.g. (She has five cranes in all) and their computer system is also getting a face-lift. All in all, this is a huge investment, and will hopefully keep her working for a few more years. After dry dock, she is back in the British sector, but only for a three-week diving job for Shell, and after that we will go back to Norway until late November early December, doing well stimulation, which is what she was built for anyway. Cal-Dive International, of Huston Texas now owns the Seawell, but she is still British registered (Aberdeen) in fact she is the first British ship I have worked on in over ten years. Norway as you all know is one beautiful place, but at over £6 a pint…………!!! (Pint) Regards, Tony (Crane/op, Seawell)
 

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Mexico!!!

mcook said:
Tony,
Thank's for the pictures and the up-date. Most interesting.
I was working for Cal-dive when we did the upgrade on the
'Eclipse'a few years ago, which was another ex-Stenna boat (can't remember which
one!)

Malcolm Cook
Many thanks for that Malcolm, a friend of mine was crane /op on the Eclipse in the Gulf of Mexico, for quite a while, he reckoned that she was one fine vessel. I was with Cal-Dive myself for about six months in 2002, on the Mystic Viking, out in Mexico, boy that is some place!!! =P
 

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Great stuff Malcom!!! The helideck on the Mystic Viking was salvaged off the "Balmoral Sea". I've got to tell you this one!!! in the North Sea, helicopter operations are taken very seriously, and you've only got to sneeze when they land, and there's a full scale enquiry!!! But when I was in Mexico they used to arrive unannounced. One day we were sitting under the helideck, in the shade, when one landed, and by the time we got up to the pad, all the chopper's passengers were wandering around the decks!!! if that happened over here the sh*t would hit the fan, in a big way, Another time all the cutlery kept going missing, one of the riggers was selling bracelets (which were rather nice) they were all made of bent spoons and forks!!! I loved Mexico, because the people were so laid back. Regards Tony.
 

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International Paint.

Hello Jan, It’s International paint they are using, and the second greenish coat, had a lot of fumes coming off it, you could smell it all over the ship. I too thought that seven coats was a bit over the top, but that’s what I was told by the Marine Superintendent, I will e-mail one of the lads, just so we can find out for sure. There is a bit of a story behind the paintwork, in January 2003 we ended up in dry-dock in Rotterdam, we had a problem with one of the bow thrusts that needed some attention, and when she was on the blocks it was noted that the paint on her bottom, was not how it should have been, some reaction or other, and since then, there’s been some to-ing and fro-ing about it all, it was International paint on her then as well, so I presume, because they’re still using the same paint, that they managed to work something out. I couldn’t get over how good a condition her hull was in, for a nineteen-year-old ship she’s in remarkable shape, there’s no pitting at all, and she really looks like a “new-build”. One aspect of the paintwork that I, and many others can’t fathom out is, why are they going to give her the same red topside, as she had with Stena? Cal-Dives hulls are normally blue, except for the “Witch Queen” and I think the Seawell would look a lot better with that colour as well. Regards Tony.
 

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Fun in the Sun

scottie dog said:
Hi Tony,
Nice to hear the seawell is still going strong, I was hydraulic tech on her in the early days when nothing worked.
After her biuld in Sunderland she came round to South Shields for final fitting out of the original workover Derrick and I joined her just before she sailed to Aberdeen to Mobilise for her first contract.
I am now working on the Deep pioneer in West Africa.
Mike Scott
Hello Mike, Hope you're having fun in the sun!!!? I was down West Africa my self in July~August 2002 on the "Adams Nomad", she was only a few months old at the time, built in Spain I think, and owned by a wealthy Saudi family. We were reparing a gas pipeline off the Ivory Coast, and the day I flew home, they had an uprising against the goverment, Kalashnikovs all over the place. The wife tells me I have that effect on entire nations!!!!
 

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Adams Nomad

Ron B Manderson said:
Do es anyone else notice that they are over there. We are over here,
But they never send us a postcard.
Do you think they try and upset us, because they sure do
LOL
Ron
Have a safe trip gents Lucky *********** .
lol
Just for you Ron, an "Adams Nomad" postcard from Sunny West Africa!!!! P.S. Her crane was an absolute nightmare to drive, it had "For Harbour Use Only" stamped on it's jib, and I had to operate the thing in the large swell that you have out there!!!
 

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Update on Seawell

Just an update about her dry-dock as promised. The Seawell will be leaving Haugesund Norway in the next couple of days, for sea trials, and I will be joining her there tomorrow. I hope to bring you some photos of her sparkling new paint job, that is if the internet is working O.K. She is due back in Aberdeen at the weekend. Regards to you all, Tony. (*))
 

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