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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.
Seadrill / Samsung The island quai chock a block in March 2013. West Vela (on the other side from Auriga), West Auriga ...
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The drillship Songa Saturn the portside of the Songa Saturn in bad weather offshore Libya in 2009
The drillship Songa Saturn The Drillship Songa Saturn rolling in the Mediterranean in March 2009. The weather was not particul...
West Auriga At anchor West Jurong anchorage, fresh out of the SHI yard on her way to GOM, May 2013.
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The drillship Songa Saturn The drillship Songa Saturn rolling in the Mediterranean, offshore Libya, in March 2009. The roll at...
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Drillship Glomar 5 Summer of 1972 drilling what was to become the Beryl Field.
Maersk Valiant Drillship On her maiden voyage from Korea - images taken in the Straits of Malacca June 2014

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