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Friday, October 25, 2013

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Life at sea can get lonely and boring—unless you happen to be on an oil rig with a crew full of karaoke masterminds.

Luckily for the guys aboard the Bourbon Peridot in Equatorial Guinea, they were.

And so it was that the oil workers recently filled their downtime with some fun off the coast of West Africa, filming their rendition of the '80s hit "Africa" (what else?) by Toto. 

Crew members not only lip-sync, but accompany themselves using everything from a fish to wrenches. As of Thursday afternoon (Oct. 24), the YouTube video had over 330,000 hits.

Time Off

The idea came from Darren Flynn, a remote vehicle pilot for company Subsea 7, which operates the rig.

"We thought of doing a music video, and 'Africa' came on my iPhone randomly—it was perfect!" Flynn told

"A couple of the Subsea 7 guys and myself filmed the first two verses, and it seemed funny, so we decided to make the whole video on our time off."

Maroon 5? No, it's the guys of Subsea 7, performing "Africa"—off the African coast, yet.

"As the thing progressed, more and more people wanted in, from the captain to the company representative—the rest is history!" Flynn told MailOnline.

Subsea 7 is a seabed-to-surface engineering, construction and services contractor for the offshore energy industry. The company manages and operates a fleet of 40 vessels.

Karaoke Camaraderie

Flynn said the workers filmed one scene per day over four weeks, often having to re-shoot to get the scenes just right. (Check out the outtakes at the end of the video.)

"Everyone was keen to get involved, and the ideas were always flying around the rec rooms in the evenings," Flynn said, adding: "Everyone on the boat has been humming the tune for the last month, too."

A company spokesman for Subsea 7 told the Evening Express that the video was a great example of the crew's camaraderie.

"The nature of our business means offshore people spend several weeks on board a vessel, living and working together with colleagues 24 hours a day. Our company values include collaboration and innovation and the team behind this have demonstrated both—it's what we call 'Being 7.'"


Tagged categories: Marine; Offshore; Oil and Gas; Workers

Comment from brian ofarrell, (10/25/2013, 10:25 AM)

What an excellent moral booster.

Comment from Billy Russell, (10/28/2013, 4:38 PM)

Excellent job guy's, Team work

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