Glossary Of Terms
Back to Back; Person doing your job during your time off.
Shop on the rig selling toothpaste, confectionery, etc.
Refers to land.
American term for an adjustable spanner.
This large metal pipe comes in various sizes. Several lengths are
joined together and put into the previously drilled hole and cemented
Shift change. Night to days or days to nights.
Canteen where you get your meals.
Someone who is new to the offshore industry.
Organic chemical compounds made up mainly of Hydrogen and Carbon. A
term given to all types of crude oil and gas.
Your time off the rig.
Item being lifted by crane.
Consisting of various chemicals, this dark brown drilling fluid is
pumped down the drill pipe at high pressure to remove cuttings from
and cool the drill bit.
Time off while on the rig. Usually 12 hours.
Oil Rig Tight;
Answer given when asking how tight to make a bolt. Meaning hit the
spanner with a hammer to get it extremely tight. Remember the
Roughneck's Quote "I don't know what it is but I bet I can break it".
Time at work while on the rig. Usually 12 hours.
A person who after working with Americans develops a USA accent and
mannerisms, such as wearing big belt buckles, baseball caps and cowboy
boots and chewing tobacco.
Person doing your job while you are off tour.
Place where a Roustabout hides when the deck crew are not busy. You
know you have found a nest from the empty soft drink cans,
confectionery wrappers and improvised seat.
Morning and afternoon breaks, even if you are not a smoker.
Designated on shift tea break area/room. Most rigs have a smokers
shack and a non-smokers shack.
Rescue vessel that is always within 5 miles of the rig.
Rope used to control an item being lifted by the crane.
Secrecy surrounding information on well being drilled. Preventing
competitors from finding out what has been found...usually :-)
Refers to Aberdeen, or any shore base you are working out of.
Length of your working period on the rig i.e. 3 weeks, 2 weeks,