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Drillships

A drillship is a maritime vessel that has been fitted with drilling apparatus. It is most often used for exploratory drilling of new oil or gas wells in deep water or for scientific drilling. The drillship can also be used as a platform to carry out well maintenance or completion work such as casing and tubing installation or subsea tree installations. It is often built to the oil production companies and/or investors design and specifaction but it can also be a modified tanker hull and outfitted with a dynamic positioning system to maintain its position over the well. The greatest advantages these modern drillships have is their ability to drill in water depths of more than 2500 meters and of course the valuable time saved sailing between oilfields worldwide as per contractual agreement, they are completely independant compared with Semi-submersibles and jackup barges.
Glomar Coral Sea This was from 1983 (?) when I was a roustabout/floorhand on it in the Gulf. It was under contract t...
Deepwater Discovery Drillship Helicopter Landing
Deepwater Discovery Drillship Aft deck view from derrick
Stena DrillMAX I The deepwater drillship Stena DrillMAX I undergoing final integration and outfitting works, Mar'07. ...
Anasuria Shell vessel converted to drill and storage unit North Sea, whilst in final conversion before tow ou...
Discoverer Deep Seas Discoverer Deep Seas with Chouest OSV along side working in Gulf of Mexico for Chevron.
Seadrill West Polaris Just been delivered to Seadrill and it is on its way from Korea to Brazil, with a stop over in Singa...
TransOcean Deepwater Pacific 1 Being built in the Samsung Heavy Industries yard in Geoje South Korea. Note the derrick is still not...

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