I came back on duty this past Thursday. Noelle and my crew were offshore, which means I get to hang around the shop and wait for them to come back or get assigned another job.
I was assigned another job, a highly prized Houma-Larose joint job. I find myself offshore on the Rowan Louisiana. This rig has been locally dubbed as the “break out” rig, as Albert and myself have broken out here and SpikePanda will soon follow suit. Typically, this rig is laid back. Today, it is a frenzy. Please follow along as I guide you through the process of planning and executing this job:
1. This casing inspection is due every month. The upcoming inspection was due November 4th. This is a routine cased hole job, and we were going to begin loading it out closer to November 4th…
2. Surprise! Company now wants to log the deepest portion of their well, which is open hole. This requires an open hole crew. They decide that its easier to just do their casing inspection early and get all wireline work done at once. ETA for wireline: Sunday afternoon. It is currently Friday morning. Rig still has to test BOP’s before we can go to work. The rig will be ready on arrival.
3. Surprise again! Rig gets exemption to delay BOP test, they want Wireline TODAY. It is still Friday morning. Laila quickly checks and ships some tools, while the bulk of the load out is taking place in Larose, where the open holers live.
4.a Laila, Harry1, and 5 others arrive at the dock at 10pm. This should be a 3 hour boat ride. More surprises!! This is a “work boat”. I have heard about these boats. They have beds and food. While this may seem like an upgrade from the traditional “crew boat”, it is not. This boat takes twice as long to get to the rig.
4.b There are two more people than there are beds. Captain tells us “the little girl and someone else will sleep on the couches”. Harry1 quickly volunteers to take the couch next to me. I wander around the boat and discover a kitchen. The crew alerts my attention to the walk in fridge, where water and cheese is stored. I walk in to the fridge; I grab water; I walk out. My crew is laughing. They tell me after I walked in, Captain says “where’s that little girl going?” Also, invariably, I hear him talking to someone and saying “that little girl”.This makes me want to say, “this little girl logs wells!!” and, “I’m right here?!” also, “You’re at your job…. you can’t refer to people like that!!”
4.c I wake up every two hours to violent swaying of the boat. Finally, the captain comes to wake us up to say..”uh…we’re here…. so… yeah.” I get up, grab my bags, stumble down the hallway, teeter down the stairs, and grip onto the walls for dear life. This boat is rocking over 7 foot seas. It is raining. Water surges over the sides of the boat and flows along the deck. We carry ourselves and our bags across the rocking wet deck and await the personnel basket. This is tricky, since the boat is rocking so much, the basket is not necessarily “stable”. If the boat dips too far down, the basket will be lifted up off the boat. We all throw our bags in the middle, and brace ourselves for the jerky ride.
5. We get to the rig just before 7 am. Surprise! The well started flowing, and chaos has ensued. The company man would have called to tell us not to come, but too late!! Now we’re on a job which should have been over by Sunday, but will not start for several days. No one here cares about getting our equipment set up because the well may explode at any minute. Crew morale is high, we are all hoping things will go so terribly, we will be sent home.