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Life onboard a platform in the Gulf of Mexico

I spent a week in December 2008 working on BP's oil production platform "Holstein," approximately 150 mi. south of New Orleans, LA.
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This is the Sikorsky S-92 helicopter I used to get to the platform. It can carry 18 people with their luggage. Most luggage was 20 lbs. or lighter. Most workers have permanent lockers o the platforms and leave most of their work clothes on the platforms. The flight was about an hour.
Sikorsky S-92

This is the Sikorsky S-92 helicopter I used to get to the platform. It can carry 18 people with their luggage. Most luggage was 20 lbs. or lighter. Most workers have permanent lockers o the platforms and leave most of their work clothes on the platforms. The flight was about an hour.

This is a photo taken out of the window of the helicopter as it approached the Platform. It might look big once you are on it but the helicopter laning dck looks pretty small from here!!!
Approaching Holstein 1.JPG

This is a photo taken out of the window of the helicopter as it approached the Platform. It might look big once you are on it but the helicopter laning dck looks pretty small from here!!!

These are the turbines that power the platform. They run on diesel and natural gas. The diesel has to be delivered by boat, the NG comes up from the ocean's floor!
View from helicopter window

These are the turbines that power the platform. They run on diesel and natural gas. The diesel has to be delivered by boat, the NG comes up from the ocean's floor!

My office
My office
Dining Hall
Dining Hall
Dining Hall
Dining Hall
These platforms are approximately 150 miles south of NOLA
Nearby unknown platform

These platforms are approximately 150 miles south of NOLA

The platform is 150 miles south of NOLA. If they make it here they probably die of thirst
Doves

The platform is 150 miles south of NOLA. If they make it here they probably die of thirst

Bunk room
Bunk room
Bunk room
Bunk room
I'm not allowed to take photos outside of the interior. Because of the fire hazard only spcial digital cameras are allowed on the deck. Also, you have to wear fire retardant overalls, hardhat, safety glasses, nomex gloves and steel toed boots!!
Life Boats

I'm not allowed to take photos outside of the interior. Because of the fire hazard only spcial digital cameras are allowed on the deck. Also, you have to wear fire retardant overalls, hardhat, safety glasses, nomex gloves and steel toed boots!!

Exercise room
Exercise room
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