Northern Drilling Cancels Drillship Resale Contract

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

October 8, 2019

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Offshore drilling contractor Northern Drilling announced it has cancelled a resale contract for the 7th generation ultra deepwater drillship West Cobalt, which had been scheduled for delivery from South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) in 2021.

Northern Drilling, which notified DSME of the cancellation on Monday, said the deal was cancelled for "various reasons including repudiatory breach of contract by DSME".

Northern Drilling has made advance payments totaling approximately $49.2 million under the contract, and will claim a refund of the installments paid, plus interests and damages, it said.

West Cobalt, previously known as Cobalt Explorer, was originally ordered by Vantage Drilling for scheduled delivery in 2015, but the order was cancelled.

Northern Drilling exercised a $350 million option to acquire the drillship in April 2019.

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