Week 7 – Celtic Sea Oil Rig

CSF Celtic Sea Oil Rig owned and operated by Transocean Ltd pulled out to sea by 7 tugboats from Valletta, Malta (c. 1998, w/drilling debth of 25,000 ft.)

CSF Celtic Sea Oil Rig owned and operated by Transocean Ltd pulled out to sea by 7 tugboats from Valletta, Malta (c. 1998, w/drilling debth of 25,000 ft.)

This week’s picture is selected not for its quality or artistic value. It is selected for being an unusual subject rarely seen. I have observed off-shore gas/oil drilling platforms in various seas and oceans around the world, but this is the first time I have seen one being moved and the first time I have seen one up close. I was in Valleta, Malta on my way to catch a ferry to a nearby island. I had a photo guide for the day and was busy taking pictures along the harbor when Dragana Rankovic, my guide, called me to come see what was happening. There were seven tugboats pulling the GSF Celtic Sea drilling platform out of harbor towards the sea. This platform was huge and a sight to see.

This was the GSF Celtic Sea deepwater semi-submersible drilling platform. It was built in Brownsville, Texas and was put in service in 1997. It is 240 feet long and 240 feet wide with a height of 118 feet. The draft is 68 feet when in operation and 28 feet when in transit like you see in this picture. It can handle a 140 person crew and can drill to a depth of 25,000 feet. The in transit speed can be up to 5.75 MPH. Should you be interested in additional information you can go to the following web site:

http://www.deepwater.com/Documents/RigSpecs/GSF%20Celtic%20Sea.pdf

Technical data:

  • Camera was Olympus OM-D E-M1 body with Olympus M. Zuiko 7-14 mm f/2.8 PRO lens set at 9 mm.
  • Exposure was 1/2000 sec at f/4 and ISO 200.
  • Capture time was 9:08 AM, Nov. 30, 2015.