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I remember the first time I went offshore. We were visiting an active exploration well and landed (slammed down) on a helideck atop a very tall jackup, almost on the top rack. The vessel (or structure, since there was a substantial air-gap), positioned about 100 km off the northeastern coast of Brazil, was swaying with the currents coming from Trinidad. I wondered, if something bad happens here, where are the boats? On our way back, we force-landed in the jungle, when one of the hydraulics on our Super Puma gave out. Exploration doesn’t have to be dull. We found oil in that offshore location (the Foz do Amazonas). The big safety oops? We were more than 2 km off on our seismic navigation with big W. That was pre-GPS. Before we could shoot a new program, all exploration companies in Brazil were nationalized. Location, location, location.

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