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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.
Three in a Row! This you will not see often! The Seadrill West Calella, Stena Drill Max 2 and the Seadrill West Pol...
Stena Carron The Stena Carron drillship moored at the Nigg Oil Terminal in the Cromarty Firth, Scotland.
West Polaris in Korean anchorage View from tugboat. Going to change the BOP crane wires!
Transocean Deepwater Millennium The Transocean Deepwater Millennium drillship drills the pre-salt Wahoo discovery in the Campos Basi...
Stena Drillmax The Stena DrillMAX unit is designed to drill in up to 10,000ft of water. Picture courtesy of Sten...
Unusual Driller The contributor says: "A rig belong to Sinopec, China." This driller seems to be a floater based ...
Glomar Java Sea Glomar Java Sea Catwalk over pipe hold to V-door with 30 foot 5-1/4 pipe stacked on right side
West Navigator West Navigator taken on the Ormen Lange gas field 14th June 2009. Ormen Lange is the largest natural...
Drillmax1 Operating off Brazil, 5th July 2009, taken from FRC during trial run.
Drillmax1 off Niteroi Drillmax1 lying off Niterio, Rio de Janeiro at end of February 2008, prior to drilling first well. ...

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