A Sailor’s Life

AlZubarahThe sugar team returned from offshore after a series of mini disasters. Upon returning, I booked a ticket to hop over the gulf and visit my aunt in Bahrain.

In 30 minutes, my plane landed in Manama and I spent 36 hours among family. This little excursion reminds me that home is never too far away. While work is conusming and hardly allows for time off, I hardly need time off when my family is so close. Flying to Bahrain from Qatar requires far less effort than going anywhere from my previous station in Houma.

Saturday, I came back to Doha to tackle the post job and begin prepartions for the next trip to the Rowan California. My focus train was cut short, as MightyMouse had other plans. I left Monday to come offshore and stand-by for a possible tubing cutting. This job was promised to last one day. Per usual, it has not. Rather, I am trapped on this rig and using the time to read and study the new tools I will be running.

Cell phones are strictly prohibited offshore. They seize them at the heliport. I have found a way to smuggle mine. I quite simply tuck the phone into my pants and hide it there until I reach the rig. The metal detector always chimes as I walk through, but no one will ask or search me. In this instance, I don’t mind taking advantage of being female in a society where everyone is afraid of females…. When you treat people with different rules, they abide by different rules.

This is the door to my room on this rig:


This photo was snapped illegally with a contraband cell phone.
I also spent some time today staring at the calm sea. I watched schools of fish swim in a line circling the rig. Occasionally, they would all flock to a point, and turn around to their place in line. No fish dwells on that spot, but they all go look at it for a second. I wonder what they are doing. Every once and while, a fish will jump out of the water.

I snap another illegal photo…


The fish can be seen clearly with the naked eye. However, the cell phone does not capture the fish as clearly. Please note the red circle directing your attention to one of the fish.

This rig is operated by Qatar Petroleum. There is another Qatar Petroleum rig nearby. A fellow Whataberger crew is occupying that rig. Last night, we attempted to see each other by standing on our respective helidecks. It is just too far away to see a person. I am going to procure binoculars as part of a basic maritime kit for all the engineers so we can communicate offshore when our rigs are close by.

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