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No: 2537   Contributor: David Murdoch   Companies: Noble   Year: 2011   Country: USA
Noble Driller

Taken May 2011 Signal shipyard, Pascagoula MS.
This is the old Kingsnorth UK, which has had various owners and names since then. She was Transocean Explorer for a while and spent many years rusting away up in Invergordon. Eventually sold to Frontier Drilling, and renamed Frontier Driller - they carried out major upgrade. Frontier was taken over by Noble.
Picture added on 19 November 2011 at 13:26
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I worked on the Kingsnorth Explorer the sister rig, that was around 1989. It had been Houlder Marine Drilling, it was a horrible rig.

Added by Jamie Harding on 30 November 2011.
First semi I worked on in Invergorden, couldn't believe how high it was, me being afraid of heights. Soon got used to it though, first job paint the windwalls.

Added by John Brunton on 22 July 2012.
I worked on the Kingsnorth Explorer (formerly Kingsnorth UK and then Transocean Explorer) back in 91 - 92 and again in 96, it was an old rig though had a good crew and had spent years working around Claymore on the Scapa template. I also worked on the sister rig Dundee Explorer (formerly Dundee Kingsnorth and then Sedco explorer and Pride's Sea Explorer) during the same period, again, an old rig with a good crew.

Added by Gary Bunting on 23 February 2013.
I thought she would have been scrapped by now! Worked on Kingsnorth UK for 2 years 1983-1985 with Houlder Marine Drilling.

Added by Dennis Williams on 26 February 2013.
Started out on the Dundee Kingsnorth June 1976 fo Kingsnorth Marine Drilling a Houlder company. 6 years before working on most of Houlders etc semis and jack ups also South China Seas in the 80's on Nan Hai 2 semi.

Added by Allan Winter on 11 March 2013.
i worked in dundee kingsnorth and the kingsnorth uk as a roughneck from 1981-1986. hardwork but rewarding.met some really nice people.worked at the conoco field and many others.

Added by Len. C Lennox-gordon on 30 September 2013.
Joined KUK in 1976 and left in 1980. Great rig then. Also worked on Dundee Kingsnorth, Ofelia, Shelf Driller, Uncle John and Oregis. Went from Kinsnorth Marine Drilling to Boulders Offshore - and lost track after that....

Added by Mike Corrigan on 11 July 2014.
My husband has worked on this rig for the past 8 years. Sadly, it has been cold stacked in Brownsville, TX.

Added by Joan Boggan on 20 January 2015.
Brilliant rig and people good times!!

Added by Steve Sirrs on 12 March 2015.
I worked on the Dundee Kingsnorth up to 1985. Can't find much about it now. Worked for Comex Diving. Anybody know what has happened to this rig? Just curious.

Added by Phil Mills on 22 August 2015.
The Dundee Kingsnorth is presently Ensco 5002 and drilled a well in Russian Arctic, north of Wrangel Island in summer of 2015. Astonishing for a 40 year old girl.Check out Marine AIS if you don't believe it.

Added by Gordon Stalker on 13 November 2015.
I worked on the land rig HMD1 and HMD2, then went out to kingsnorth uk and dundee kingsnorth, went down to work on the shelf driller back in the atlantic. Very deep water. Then went on the morecombe flame as an H.L.O and finished up to the shelf driller. Took voluntary redundancy when half of the rig were stacked.

Added by Len C. Lennox-Gordon on 22 November 2015.
Smoked a lot of good weed on the dundee kingnorth way back in 1981 in irish waters. Great crew!

Added by Declan burke on 14 September 2016.
Many happy years spent here on the KUK

Added by Ian Edwards. ( Bald Eagle ) on 02 December 2016.
Many happy years spent here on the KUK.

Added by Ian Edwards. ( Bald Eagle ) on 03 December 2016.
Happy days, first joined in December 76, Tunisia 79, then on to By Driller. Greg McLaren pusher,

Added by Ian Edwards. ( Bald Eagle ) on 05 December 2016.
I was a geologist on the KUK ~80-82, the only woman on the rig (or any of the North Sea rigs at that time. Guys largely didn't want to talk to me. I assumed they didn't want to be ridiculed by their peers

Added by June Gidman on 19 March 2017.
Worked on board this rig back in 1996 , very good memories, still in contact with most people, Mike Thompson (Crane Operator) still visits me once in a while.

Added by Nosher on 20 October 2017.
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