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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

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 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 Worldwide September SCORE Up 1.7 Percent

SCORE ReportsWorldwide oil and gas drilling contractor GlobalSantaFe Corporation reported that the company's worldwide SCORE, or Summary of Current Offshore Rig Economics, for September 2006 increased 1.7% to 130.4 from the previous month's SCORE of 128.1. 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

Drilling the Earth’s Mantle Beneath the Atlantic

Robot drills on RRS James Cooks deck (Photo: NOC)

A team of scientists will set sail from Southampton to drill through the Earth’s mantle in the center of the Atlantic Ocean. They leave on board the Royal Research Ship James Cook on October 26, 2015 to explore the Atlantis Massif, a 4000 meter high underwater mountain.

Polar Pioneer Returns to Port Angeles

Image: Shell

 The Polar Pioneer oil rig arrived in Port Angeles on Wednesday.  Shell spokesman Curtis Smith said Port Angeles was an “excellent location for load-out” before the drilling season and remains fit for that purpose.  

Alabama Announces $20 Million Transocean Settlement

Governor Robert Bentley on Thursday announced that Alabama has agreed to a settlement with Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling, Inc., which owned the Deepwater Horizon. Alabama will receive $20 million. “The State of Alabama suffered tremendous environmental and economic losses because

Paragon Extends Jackup Rig Delivery at Waigaoqiao

Image: Paragon Offshore plc

 Paragon Offshore plc, a global provider of offshore drilling rigs, reported that a wholly-owned subsidiary has signed an agreement with Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co., LTD., to extend the delivery date of the high specification Friede and Goldman JU-2000E jackup Prospector 7 to a date

Cosco Delays Deliveries for two FAUs

Photo by Cosco Shipyard Group Co

 Two shipyards under Cosco Shipyard Group have pushed back the delivery dates for two converted high-end floating accommodation unit (FAU) at the customer’s request.   Cosco (Nantong) Shipyard, a subsidiary of Cosco’s 51% owned subsidiary, Cosco Shipyard Group Co

Dryships Post 2Q Loss

George Economou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

  DryShips Inc. an international provider of marine transportation services for drybulk and petroleum cargoes, and through its affiliate, Ocean Rig UDW Inc., or Ocean Rig, of offshore deepwater drilling services, today announced its unaudited financial and operating results for the second

Record Number of Vessels Serviced at Drydocks World-Dubai

Photo courtesy of Drydocks World

Drydocks World, a provider of maritime and offshore services to the shipping, oil, gas and energy sectors, informs it has serviced a record number of 40 vessels in its Dubai yard. With 40 vessels simultaneously in Drydocks World facilities—more than ever before in Drydocks World’s

Oil Below $40/bbl After Rise in US Oil Rigs

U.S. crude oil prices on Friday dove below $40 a barrel for the first time since the 2009 financial crisis, notching their longest weekly losing streak in 29 years after a further rise in U.S. drilling and a drop in Chinese manufacturing.  

Shipping Magnate John Fredriksen Concerned about China

 John Fredriksen. Photo: Twitter

 The turmoil spreading from China is certainly not good for the shipping market, says billionaire John Fredriksen to Bloomberg News.   John, the billionaire who made his fortune investing in crude tankers, said he’s “very worried” on global shipping markets

CNOOC Profits Nosedives, Eyes South China Sea

Photo: Cnooc Ltd

 Cnooc Ltd., China’s biggest offshore oil and gas explorer, posted a 56 percent decline in profit for the first half of this year.   Net income dropped to 14.73 billion yuan ($2.3 billion), or 0.33 yuan a share, from 33.59 billion yuan, or 0

Keppel Acquires Cameron's Rig Business

Photo: Keppel Offshore & Marine

 Singapore's Keppel Offshore & Marine (KOM), via subsidiary, Keppel Offshore & Marine USA  has inked a deal with Cameron International Corporation, a US-based oil and gas solutions provider, to acquire its offshore rigs business for US$100mln.  

Former CIA Spy Ship Becomes Victim of Oil Slump

U.S. Government Photo

A ship built by the CIA for a secret Cold War mission in 1974 to raise a sunken Soviet sub is heading to the scrap yard, a victim of the slide in oil prices.   Christened the Hughes Glomar Explorer, after billionaire Howard Hughes was brought in on the CIA's deception

Shell Withdraws from Arctic Exploration

Fennica, an icebreaker vessel deployed by Shell in the Arctic (Photo: Arctia Shipping)

Royal Dutch Shell has abandoned its Arctic search for oil after failing to find enough crude in a move that will appease environmental campaigners and shareholders who said its project was too expensive and risky. Shell has spent about $7 billion on exploration in the waters off Alaska so far and

Sevan, Cosco Agree Rig Delivery Delay

Image by Sevan Drilling ASA

 Norway-headquartered drilling contractor Sevan Drilling and Chinese shipbuilder Cosco Corporation have agreed to delay the end of the first deferral period for cylindrical ultra deep water drilling rig Sevan Developer from 15 October 2015 to 1 November 2015.  

Arctic Oil Drilling: Why Does U.S. End It?

Image: An oil drilling rig operated by Royal Dutch Shell ran aground on a pristine wildlife-rich island in Alaska in 2013. Credit: Panda.Org

The Obama administration has taken steps to keep drill rigs out of Alaska's northern ocean for a decade or more. The sudden of turnabouts is attributed to slowing down of economy. The U.S. Department of Interior announced that it is canceling two lease sales and will not extend current leases for

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