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Ultra-deepwater Drillship Contract for HHI

Rowan Companies exercises option to build a fourth GustoMSC P10,000 design ultra-deepwater drillship with Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. The cost for this rig, including commissioning, project management and spares, but excluding capitalized interest, is estimated to be approximately $620 million, with delivery scheduled for March 2015. Rowan plans to equip its drillships with 2,000 feet of additional riser to enable operations in water depths up to 12,000 feet upon delivery.  Each drillship will also be equipped with a second BOP for minimizing non-productive time. The company will also incur operational training and personnel ramp-up costs in readying the drillships to commence well operations.  Expected costs for the additional riser, BOP and training and ramp-up costs will be approximately $75 million. Total cost for the Company's fourth drillship will be approximately six percent higher than the Company's first three drillships primarily due to equipment price increases and projected labor cost increases.  The agreement with HHI also includes an option for a similar fifth drillship exercisable in the fourth quarter of 2012, for delivery in the third quarter of 2015. The Rowan Renaissance is expected to be delivered in late 2013.  The second and third drillships are expected to be delivered in the second and fourth quarters of 2014, respectively.

DSME Wins New Drillship Order

DSME signed a contract with Atwood Oceanics, a U.S.-based ocean drilling company, for the construction of one drillship. This is the option of last year’s contract with a value of approximately $570 million and it will be delivered at the end of 2015. DSME and Atwood Oceanics also agreed in principle to an additional drillship contract. The newly ordered drillship is a DSME-12000 type drillship which was developed using DSME’s own technology

Dryships Acquires Remainder of Drilling Rig

DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ:DRYS), a global provider of marine transportation services for drybulk cargoes and off-shore contract drilling services, announced today that it has closed the acquisition of the remaining 25% of the total issued and outstanding capital stock of Primelead Shareholders Inc. Primelead is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of the company. Primelead’s principal assets include two owned and operational ultra deepwater semisubmersible drilling rigs

Pride's Deep Ocean Clarion Delivered

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Pride International recently dedicated its ABS-classed deepwater drillship Deep Ocean Clarion at Samsung Heavy Industries Shipyard in Geoje, South Korea. This is the second of four new drillships for the deepwater drilling contractor. Its sister ship, the ABS-classed Deep Ocean Ascension was delivered in February 2010 and has been deployed to the Gulf of Mexico. The 96,000 dwt Deep Ocean Clarion is capable of dual drilling activity and can drill in water depths of up to 12,000 feet

Rowan Contracts to Build Two Drillships

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Rowan Companies, Inc. (NYSE: RDC) announced today that a subsidiary has entered into turnkey contracts for the construction of two ultra-deepwater drillships with a cost of approximately $605 million each. The drillships will be constructed by Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. ("HHI") at its Ulsan shipyard, and are expected to be delivered in late 2013 and mid-2014. Matt Ralls, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented

Rolls-Royce to Power High-tech Drillships

A Drillship: Photo credit Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce awarded contracts worth over £70-million to supply large thrusters for offshore drilling vessels. These latest orders, which include options for additional thrusters, are from a variety of customers who are expanding their drillship fleets and are driven by greater demand in oil and gas exploration in deep water and harsh conditions. These high specification drillships operate in dynamic positioning (DP) mode

Korean Shipyard Wins Ultra-deepwater Drillship Contract

Samsung Heavy Industries gets $645-million order for advanced capability, ultra-deepwater drill ship   Ensco plc has has ordered a new advanced-capability, ultra-deepwater drillship to be built at the Samsung Heavy Industries, Co. Ltd. (SHI) Shipyard in Geoje, South Korea. The vessel, ENSCO DS-8, will be the sixth Samsung DP3 drillship in the Ensco fleet, extending the benefits of Ensco’s fleet standardization strategy

Korean Shipyard Gets Drillship Order from Diamond Offshore

Diamond Offshore announce fourth ultra-deepwater drillship order placed with Hyundai Heavy Industries Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. announce that a subsidiary, Diamond Offshore Drilling Limited, has entered into a turnkey contract with Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. for construction of a new ultra-deepwater drillship with delivery scheduled in the fourth quarter of 2014. Total cost, including commissioning, spares and project management

Maersk Drilling Takes Delivery of First of Four Ultra-Deepwater Drillships

Maersk Viking: Photo credit Maersk Drilling

Maersk Drilling informs it has taken delivery of its first ultra deepwater drillship, 'Maersk Viking', from the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in Geoje-Si, South Korea. The new vessel has started its voyage to the US Gulf of Mexico where it will commence a three year contract with ExxonMobil. The owners explain that Maersk Viking is the first in a series of four ultra deepwater drillships to enter Maersk Drilling’s fleet. The four drillships represent a total investment of USD 2

Ocean Rig Orders Kongsberg Offshore Simulator

Sophisticated integrated simulator suite for new training center (Photo: Kongsberg Maritime)

Ocean Rig UDW Inc. has chosen Kongsberg Maritime to supply an extensive offshore and navigation simulator package for a brand new training center. With a sophisticated integrated simulator suite, enabling specific operations and vessel team training, Ocean Rig’s new facility, is shaping up to become one of the world’s most advanced offshore training centers, Kongsberg Maritime said. Ocean Rig owns and operates two ultra-deepwater semisubmersible drilling rigs and nine

Brazil Deepens Bribery Probe

Photo: Keppel Corporation

 Brazil’s Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (CPI) has recommended the deepening of investigations into 10 companies - including Keppel, SembCorp Marine and Kawasaki Heavy-  involved in the alleged bribery transactions with Petrobras and Sete Brasil.   

Transocean Puts Off Deliveries of Two New Drillships

GSF CR Luigs Ultra-Deepwater Drillship courtesy Transocean

  Transocean Ltd. announced today a mutual agreement with its customer, Shell EP Wells Equipment Wells Services B.V. (Shell), and the shipyard, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. (DSME), to delay the operating and delivery contracts of two newbuild ultra-deepwater drillships -

The Cost-conscious Manager

Wondering What to Trim? Look to the skies: billions in offshore savings may be orchestrated from the back office.   For many managers (and analysts), sales, general and administrative costs, or SG&A, are ordinary accounting lines on an offshore services company’s ledger

Rolls-Royce, Astican Open Las Palmas Workshop

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Rolls-Royce yesterday opened a new, custom built, 2,100-square-meter service facility at the Astican Shipyard in Las Palmas, on Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands. The center is a partnership between Rolls-Royce and the shipyard.   Las Palmas’ position in the Atlantic allows

Seadrill Sells Drillship to Seadrill Partners

West Polaris (Photo: Seadrill)

Seadrill Limited agrees to sell the ultra-deepwater drillship the West Polaris to Seadrill Partners LLC   Seadrill Limited announced that it has entered into an agreement with Seadrill Operating LP, the 58 percent owned subsidiary of Seadrill Partners LLC

Transocean Delays Drillships

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 Transocean Ltd, the world’s largest offshore driller, has delayed delivery of two new ultra-deepwater drillships, the company announced.   The company amended its drillship construction contracts ($540 million each) with Jurong Shipyard, a subsidiary of Sembcorp Marine

ENSCO DS-9 Drillship Contract Update

ENSCO DS-9 Drillship

  ConocoPhillips today for its convenience provided a notice of termination for the three-year ENSCO DS-9 drillship contract. Under the terms of the contract, ConocoPhillips is obligated to pay Ensco termination fees monthly for two years equal to the operating day rate of approximately $550

Sembcorp Marine: No Sete Brasil Payments This Year

Singapore's Sembcorp Marine has not received payment from Sete Brasil on drillship projects this year and may slow down the projects if the situation persists, a company executive said on Wednesday. "Basically what has been ongoing, based on the delay, I think there may be some slow down

Inspectors Vigilant over Shell’s Arctic Drilling

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Shell’s drilling operations in the Chukchi Sea are being overseen 24/7 by inspectors from the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) to ensure compliance with federal regulations and safety standards, BSEE said.  

Brazil Prosecutors: Charges Pending over Ensco Drillship Lease

Brazilian prosecutors plan to file criminal charges stemming from the lease of an Ensco Plc offshore oil-drilling ship to Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras "in due course," they said.   The plan to prosecute over the Ensco-Petrobras charter was mentioned in a Thursday

Builder KHI Contracts ALMACO for Drillships Work

ALMACO Group informs it has been awarded the design, material supply and supervision contract from Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (KHI) in Japan for the first (DRU#1 - Ondina) and second (DRU#2 - Pituba) drillships for the Enseada Industria Naval project  

Caterpillar Launches Asset Financial Solutions

Press Release - Caterpillar Oil & Gas has announced the introduction of Asset Financial Solutions, a financial product that provides 100 percent financing new offshore or marine assets. The new solution enables Caterpillar to offer customers a tailored solution to optimize their business and

Seadrill Hopes to See Market Turn in 2017

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Offshore rig driller Seadrill is facing another two years in the doldrums but hopes the international rig market could turn around in 2017.   Rig rates have more than halved since the peak two to three years ago and in several cases are now below breakeven costs.  

Intellian, RigNet JV to provide Communication Solutions for Rigs

Satellite Communication

  Intellian, a global leader in satellite communication antenna systems, has been successfully selected as the hardware partner on RigNet’s recently announced contract to provide remote communications solutions to a premium offshore driller across its entire global fleet of existing

Fatality on Drillship in Gulf of Mexico


  The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is responding to a report of a fatality on a drillship in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) approximately 200 miles south of Lake Charles, LA, in 4,800 feet of water. The Pacific Santa Ana drillship was beginning drilling operations for

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