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.
Gryphon Alpha on a nice calm day Picture taken from Maersk Logger in May 2011.
Gryphon Alpha Picture taken from Maersk Logger in
Gryphon Alpha being held in position in February
2011 Picture taken from Maersk Logger
Robert F Bauer
Anybody know what happened to the "Bauer". Worked on her in Australia in the mid 90's one of the wor...
Deep Ocean Ascension
This picture of the Deep Ocean Ascension lying in Table Bay (Cape Town), was taken on the 23rd of De...
Crew change(home for Christmas) on the Global Producer 111. Picture taken from the Maersk Logger Dec...
Anoa Natuna FPSO (PremierOil Indonesia) Natuna Sea, Indonesia. c.1997.
West Vela at Samsung
Seadrill's 5th drillship from Samsung shortly after signing a 7 year contract with BP in GoM.
The 4th Samsung drillship for Seadrill nearing completion in Geoje. Delivery set for 30 March 2013 ...
Ocean Rig Mylos
Taken from the Seadrill West Auriga while along side at Samsung in March 2013.