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Stunning oil rig sunset silhouette at Sheerness on the Isle of Sheppey

The Sheppey skyline has a stunning new addition. The three towering 547-feet tall legs of the Prospector 1 oil drilling platform now berthed at Sheerness docks can be seen from all over the Island and are becoming a popular subject for photographers.

They are especially impressive at the end of the day as the sun sets behind them.

Sun sets behind the Prospector 1 oil-drilling rig now moored at Sheerness Docks on the Isle of Sheppey. Picture: Barry Hollis
Sun sets behind the Prospector 1 oil-drilling rig now moored at Sheerness Docks on the Isle of Sheppey. Picture: Barry Hollis

This shot was captured by former KM Group picture editor Barry Hollis who lives on the Island.

Prospector 1 is a Friede and Goldman JU2000E-type rig built in 2013 in China and valued at £123 million. It is expected to stay for six months while its owner Borr Drilling tries to find new work for it.

It will be joined in August by its sister Prospector 5 which is also being laid-up.

They have three cranes, six engines, a helicopter landing deck and accommodation for more than 140 workers.

To share your favourite snaps of the the sun-kissed Isle of Sheppey, email a jpeg to timesguardian@thekmgroup.co.uk

Sun sets behind the Prospector 1 oil-drilling rig now moored at Sheerness Docks on the Isle of Sheppey. Picture: Barry Hollis
Sun sets behind the Prospector 1 oil-drilling rig now moored at Sheerness Docks on the Isle of Sheppey. Picture: Barry Hollis

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