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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

Hyundai Heavy’s HiMSEN 4-Stroke Marine Engines Now for Drillships

Hyundai-HiMSEN 4-Stroke Medium Speed Engines

Hyundai Heavy Industries, the world’s biggest shipbuilder and a leading marine engine manufacturer, today announced it won orders to supply HiMSEN marine engines for drillships for major offshore drilling companies including Noble Drilling Holding LLC., Diamond Offshore Drilling Ltd. The 98 HiMSEN engines, worth USD 150 million, will be installed in 15 drillships including 9 Hyundai Heavy ordered this year from the first half of 2012.

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

Cosco Sinks into the Red

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 Singapore-listed ship repair, marine engineering and dry bulk shipping company COSCO Corporation (Singapore) Limited has recorded a net loss of USD 11.7 million in the first quarter of 2016, compared to a net profit of USD 4.2 million in the corresponding quarter of 2015.  

EIG names Odebrecht, shipyards in Petrobras suit

Investment management firm EIG Management Co added Brazil's engineering conglomerate Odebrecht SA and a few other shipyards in its $221 million fraud suit against Petroleo Brasileiro SA. EIG, in a filing on Wednesday, alleged that Odebrecht SA and other shipyards along with Petrobras misled the

Harris Pye to the Rescue for Damaged Hull Repair

Shell plating after repair from inside aft peak tank (Photo: Harris Pye)

Timing is all-important when repairs to a busy drillship are the order of the day. When Pacific International Drilling West Africa’s (PIDWAL) drillship Pacific Bora suffered damage to the starboard aft hull off the coast of Nigeria, PIDWAL called for assistance from the Harris Pye

Ocean Rig UDW Beats on Revenue

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 Ocean Rig UDW Inc, the offshore drilling contractor, posted revenue of $452.6 million in the second-quarter, beating Wall Street forecasts. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $385.7 million.   The company has reported second-quarter profit of $155.6 million

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

Maersk Venturer to Drill for Total

Maersk Venturer

  Maersk Drilling has been awarded a contract for the drillship Maersk Venturer with oil major Total. The contract covers one exploration well (estimated duration 120 days) in block 14 offshore Uruguay. The estimated contract value for the programme is USD 44m excluding mobilisation

Mitsubishi-led Group Exiting Stake in Brazil Shipyard

A group of Japanese shipbuilders led by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI) plans to exit its 30 percent stake in Brazilian shipbuilder Ecovix and declare the investment as a loss, Valor Economico newspaper reported on Tuesday.   The group led by MHI plans to sell its stake in Ecovix

Seadrill Pushes Back Drillship Delivery

Seadrill Limited has reached an agreement with DSME shipyard to defer the delivery of two ultra-deepwater drillships, the West Aquila and West Libra, until the second quarter of 2018 and first quarter of 2019 respectively.   Under the terms of the original construction contracts

Wärtsilä, Ensco Ink Maintenance Deal

ENSCO DS-8 drillship Photo Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä, the leading global supplier of flexible and efficient power plant solutions and services, has signed a maintenance agreement with Ensco, a global provider of offshore drilling services to the petroleum industry. The agreement, signed in September 2015

Enseda Shipbuilding & Surviving the Petrobras Crisis

(Photo: Enseada Shipyard)

Enseada Shipbuilding was established to build deepwater drillships for Petrobras. Seventy percent of the company is owned by a consortium composed of Brazilian companies, Odebrecht (50 percent), OAS (25 percent), UTC (25 percent), with the remaining 30 percent belonging to Japanese shipbuilding

Ocean Rig Loses Two Drilling Contracts

Pic: Ocean Rig UDW Inc

 Ocean Rig UDW Inc., a global provider of offshore deepwater drilling services, announced  that two of its drilling contracts have been terminated.    The Nasdaq-listed drilling affiliate of DryShips said that Total E&P Congo has terminated its long-term charter of the

Is Cosco's Orderbook Healthy?

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 While Cosco’s orderbook of US$8 billion seems hefty, the shipbuilding contracts are of low value, says a report in SBR. The orderbook may do the company more harm than good.   As at 31 December 2015, Cosco’s order book stood at USD 8 billion with progressive deliveries up

Statoil Cancels Maersk Rig Contract

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 Norwegian firm Statoil ASA is ending its rig contract for the Maersk Gallant six months early.    The jack up rig has been on contract with Statoil for two years, since 21 August 2014, and since 9 October it has been sub-chartered to ConocoPhillips.  

Ocean Rig buys Cerrado drillship

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 Cyprus-based Ocean Rig has stepped in to buy the sixth generation ultra-deepwater (UDW) drillship Cerrado, which once drilled the giant Libra prospect offshore Brazil, following its owner Brazil-based Schahin Group bankruptcy declaration last April.  

Ensco Lost 2 Petrobras Contracts

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 Ensco Plc has concluded discussions with Petrobras regarding revised commercial terms with respect to some rig contracts.   Ensco 6003 and Ensco 6004 had their contracts terminated effective May 1, 2016 by mutual agreement.  

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