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Bay of Campeche

Operating oilfield workboats in the Bay of Campeche provides unique views of oilfield operation and equipment. There are over two hundred platforms in the area serviced by over 200 vessels. There are derrick barges, diving vessels, supply boats, crew boats and many other types vessels.

The amount of gas flared in the field is mind boggling. Huge flares appear like beacons both day and night. The multitude is over whelming.

The pictures on this page are cropped from a full size picture which gives a better perspective to what is being shown. To see a picture full size, simply click on the picture and it will appear full size in a new browser.


Click on picture to see an enlargement. Here are two locator charts for the general area and for the field. You need to click on the maps to really see the detail. Each dot on the chart on the right represents one to 20 platforms or complexes of platforms. The water depth averages from 100 to 200 feet.

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Click on picture to see an enlargement. On the left is a typical complex of platforms interconnected with bridges.

On the right is a quarters platform in one of the complexes. This is where the people live who work on the platform. There are over 13,000 people living, sleeping and working in the field on platforms alone.

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Click on picture to see an enlargement. The flares at night have a great effect on the coloring of the photos. I have never seen so much gas flared at any one time including the huge flares Phillips had at Ekofisk in the Norwegian North Sea.

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Click on picture to see an enlargement. I am working under a bridge to position the stern under the crane.

On the right is one of the most complex piping arrangement I've ever seen.

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Click on picture to see an enlargement. There are many platform complexes such as this one in the Bay of Campeche. Some have up to five flares, some have none. There is a lot of time and money invested in these structures to produce oil and gas which is now one of Mexico's exports.

On the right you can see the testing of a well. The smoke is darker because both oil and gas are being burnt. Notice the supply boat cooling down the flare and platform due to the intense heat.

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Click on picture to see an enlargement. On the left is a jack up platform working over a small 4 pile structure with multiple conductors.

On the right is a floating living facility moored next to a platform complex.

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Click on picture to see an enlargement. These are two of my favorite night photos.

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Click on picture to see an enlargement. Two derrick barges, which are huge cranes on a barge, build the platforms by lifting heavy sections into place. Some are capable of lifting thousands of tons.

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Click on picture to see an enlargement. On the left is my Christmas Card photo for 2006. The solitude of the sea and the hope from the light of the flare were the message.

On the right is another night shot focusing on the bow of the boat.

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Click on picture to see an enlargement. This is Yuum Kaknab a virtual oil processing plant floating on a fixed mooring ship. The ship loads into other ships as well as pumps oil ashore. These are called FSPO's. They are floating production facilities capable of offloading into tankers.

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Click on picture to see an enlargement. These are two of my favorite day shots. They make great desktops if you wish to download the full size picture.

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Click on picture to see an enlargement. The sun sets on the Bay of Campeche.

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