Aker Marine Contractors, Inc. (AMC), working under contract to Vastar Resources, Inc., recently set a new world water
depth record for conventionally-moored drilling rigs using onboard mooring systems.
Working in Mississippi Canyon Block 127, AMC secured Diamond Offshore drilling
rig Ocean Victory by utilizing the rig's eight drag embedment, high holding power (HHP) anchors in water depths up to 5,800 ft. The rig itself was located in 5,423 ft water depth.
The mooring system for Ocean Victory was upgraded in 1997, and the rig has been consistently working in water depths beyond the 3,200 ft mark under exclusive contract to Vastar since that time.