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Quick Modification of Offshore Jack-Up Drilling Rigs

Bollinger Fourchon, LLC, a subsidiary of Bollinger Shipyards, demonstrated its ability to modify or repair offshore jack-up drilling rigs quickly and cost effectively, with three recently completed projects. One project, for R&B Falcon Drilling, Inc., involved the replacement of jet piping (which blows away sand and mud around the rig legs for easier movement) and the fabrication and erection of an interior bulkhead on the Cliffs 150 rig in just eight days. The other two nearly-identical projects involved Glomar Adriatic IX and Glomar Adriatic X, two Marathon LeTourneau Class 116-C jack-up drilling rigs owned by Global Marine International Drilling Corporation of Houston. On each rig, Bollinger, in conjunction with Marathon LeTourneau, lengthened the three legs from 410 ft. to 477 ft. Additionally, a wind wall was added around the drill floor, blow-out preventor trolley beams and a shale shaker trough were installed and the jet piping lines were extended.


Sembcorp Marine Acquires A 50 Percent Stake In PPL Shipyard

SembCorp Marine has signed a Sale and Purchase Agreement with PPL Holdings Pte Ltd to acquire a 50 percent equity stake comprising 10,000,000 shares of $1.00 each in PPL Shipyard Pte Ltd. (PPLS) for $16 million. PPLS' business is primarily in oil rig and vessel construction as well as steel fabrication. It has recently secured a contract for the construction of two jack-up drilling rigs, each having a value of $125 million, from Sante Fe International Corp


Iran’s Oil Industry Facing Shortage of Rigs

According to MNA, given the rise in the oil prices and the growth in the world’s oil drilling activities, Iran’s oil industry is facing a shortage of drilling rigs, noted an official with the National Iranian Drilling Company (NIDC). As a result of the record highs in the oil prices, the prices of the offshore oil drilling rigs have increased by up to 300 percent. The Oil Ministry is planning to within the framework of the nation’s Fourth Five-Year Socioeconomic Development Plan


Awilco Exercises Option for Jackup Drilling Rig No. 8

Awilco Offshore (AWO) has exercised an option with PPL to build a 375-ft. jackup drilling rig with drilling depth of 30.000 ft. The rig will be named WilConfidence. The rig is to be delivered in the second quarter of 2009, and has a delivered cost of $149m. The delivered cost includes contract price with the yard, site supervision, pipe handling equipment, spare parts and finance costs during construction.


Transocean Provides Update On Fleet Contract Status

Transocean Inc. announced that its report of drilling rig status and contract information covering the company's offshore drilling fleet has been updated as of May 1, 2007. Drilling rig status and contract information on Transocean Inc.'s offshore drilling fleet has been condensed into a report titled "Transocean Fleet Update," which is available through the company's Worldwide Web address at www.deepwater.com.


Transocean Provides Update On Fleet Contract Status

Transocean Inc. announced that its report of drilling rig status and contract information covering the company's 140-unit offshore drilling fleet has been updated. Drilling rig status and contract information on the company's offshore drilling fleet has been condensed into a report titled Transocean Fleet Update, which is available through the company's website www.deepwater.com. The report can be accessed from the home page of the Web address by clicking on the Fleet Update Report link


FirstWave/Newpark Contracted for Drill Rig Upgrade

Schlumberger/Sedco Forex has contracted FirstWave/Newpark Shipbuilding for upgrades and maintenance work on the offshore semi-submersible drilling rig Bill Shoemaker. The rig was brought into Newpark Shipbuilding's East Pelican Island yard in Galveston, Texas in December 1998. The company provides repair, conversion, new construction and related services for barges, boats, ships, offshore rigs, and other vessels in the offshore and inland marine industries.


Is the Offshore Boom Back?

Worldwide oil and gas drilling contractor GlobalSantaFe Corporation today reported that the company's worldwide SCORE, or Summary of Current Offshore Rig Economics, for June 2003 was up 3.0% from the previous month's SCORE. GlobalSantaFe's SCORE compares the profitability of current mobile offshore drilling rig dayrates to the profitability of dayrates at the 1980-1981 peak of the offshore drilling cycle. In the 1980-1981 period, when SCORE averaged 100 percent


Aker Kvaerner Awarded Drilling Equipment Contract

Aker Kvaerner has signed a contract with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Ltd in South Korea for delivery of drilling systems for two semi-submersible drilling rigs ordered by SeaDrill. The total contract value for Aker Kvaerner is approximately NOK 930 million. The scope of work for Aker Kvaerner MH is to deliver two complete drilling packages consisting of engineering, equipment deliveries and commissioning services


GlobalSantaFe SCORE Improves

Worldwide oil and gas drilling contractor GlobalSantaFe Corporation reported that the company's worldwide SCORE, or Summary of Current Offshore Rig Economics, for December 2004 was up 3.6% from the previous month's SCORE. GlobalSantaFe's SCORE compares the profitability of current mobile offshore drilling rig dayrates to the profitability of dayrates at the 1980- 1981 peak of the offshore drilling cycle. In the 1980-1981 period, when SCORE averaged 100 percent


Semi-submersible Drilling Rig Grounds off Scotland

Severe weather has caused semi-submersible drilling rig Transocean Winner to break free from tow and run aground off the western isles of Scotland, the U.K. Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) said.   There are no personnel on board the rig and there is no risk to life, MCA said


Salvors Assessing Grounded Transocean Drilling Rig

Transocean Winner drilling rig grounded off the Isle of Lewis  Photo Maritime and Coastguard Agency

A team of eight salvors is now making its way on board the drilling rig Transocean Winner which is currently grounded off the Isle of Lewis. They’ll now be carrying out a full assessment of the rig and intend to work to make it habitable so that they can remain on it overnight


Cathelco MGPS for Latest Lamprell-built Jack-up

Lamprell Rig Under Construction (Photo: Cathelco)

Cathelco will provide a marine growth prevention system (MGPS) for the latest in a series of jack-up drilling rigs to be built by Lamprell, the UAE based  leading provider of fabrication, engineering and contracting services to the offshore and onshore oil and gas and renewable energy


Russian Shipbuilder Signs $1 bln Oil Rigs Contract with Iran

Photo by Krasnye Barrikady Shipyard

 Russian shipbuilder Krasnye Barrikady and Iran's Tasdid Offshore Development Company (TODC)  have signed a deal worth $1 billion to build five offshore drilling rigs for oil and gas exploration in the Persian Gulf, reports Press TV.  


US Oil Drillers Cut Rigs to Nov 2009 Lows

U.S. energy firms cut oil rigs for a third week in a row to the lowest level since November 2009, oil services company Baker Hughes Inc said Friday, as energy firms keep slashing spending despite crude futures prices jumping roughly 50 percent  since hitting a near 13-year low in February.


Obama to Issue New Offshore Drilling Rules

(White House photo)

The Obama administration will announce Thursday safety regulations for offshore oil and natural gas drilling to prevent the kind of explosion that happened six years ago on a BP rig in the Gulf of Mexico, an official told Reuters. The Department of Interior will unveil the final version of its


Six Years after BP Spill, US Sets New Offshore Oil Safety Rules

Gas from the damaged Deepwater Horizon wellhead is burned by the drillship Discoverer Enterprise in May 2010, in a process known as flaring. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Patrick Kelley)

The Obama administration on Thursday unveiled new oil well control rules to prevent the kind of blowout that happened six years ago on a BP Plc rig in the Gulf of Mexico.   The Interior Department's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement announced the finalized regulations


Keppel's Profit Nosedives

Photo: Keppel Corp

 Keppel Corp., the world’s largest builder of oil rigs, posted a 41 per cent fall in quarterly profit, its fourth straight decline, as offshore and marine segment revenue slumped because of the deferment of some projects and suspension of contracts related to Sete Brasil.  


Transocean Provides Fleet Status Report

Photo: Transocean Ltd

 Transocean, the world's leading offshore drilling contractor with 61 rigs in its fleet, has issued a Fleet Status Report that provides the current status of and contract information for the company's entire fleet of offshore drilling rigs.   


Great Lakes Shipyard Hires Skeeter as GM

Photo courtesy of The Great Lakes Towing Company

The Great Lakes Towing Company announces the addition of Nikita Skeeter, a maritime professional with over 25 years of experience in shipbuilding and production management, as General Manager of Great Lakes Shipyard.   Skeeter’s management experience includes multiple


New Zealand’s Freight Traders Imports Drilling Rigs

Photo: Freight Traders

Freight Traders Ltd arranged the duty free importation of two Dillmec drilling rigs into New Zealand.   This included various mobilizations and demobilizations to remote New Zealand locations in the central north island. With the drilling campaigns complete


Russian Shipbuilder Wins $1 bln Iran Oil Rig Deal

Russian shipbuilder Krasnye Barrikady has been awarded a near-$1 billion contract by Iran to build five offshore drilling rigs for use on Iran's part of the Gulf shelf, a company official told Reuters. The project, which was under discussion for almost two years


Lloyd's Register Extends Drilling Rig Integrity Support

Exploration begins by BHP Billiton using the Deepwater Invictus rig and supported by Lloyd’s Register’s rig integrity team. Lloyd’s Register (LR) announced it has extended rig integrity support for the Deepwater Invictus drilling rig


New Maersk CEO Soren Skou Mulls Revenue Growth

Soren Skou. Photo: Maersk Group

 New AP Moller-Maersk chief executive Soren Skou is aiming for revenue growth according to an interview with the Financial Times. He reveals the task ahead after succeeding Nils Andersen.   Danish conglomerate boss said that the group was buffeted by short-term “headwinds”


First ISDS for DNV GL Classed Ocean Greatwhite

Ocean Greatwhite is 123 metres long and 78 metres wide and was delivered at Hyundai Heavy Industries in Ulsan, South Korea. Credit HHI

DNV GL has welcomed the world’s largest semi-submersible drilling rig into class recently. Ocean Greatwhite is 123 metres long and 78 metres wide and was delivered at Hyundai Heavy Industries in Ulsan, South Korea. Owned by the Houston-based drilling contractor Diamond Offshore






 
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