Statoil Announces “An Entirely New Type of Rig” and a Huge Contract for Aker Solutions

Statoil announced today that they have awarded Aker Solutions a $1.9 billion contract involving a new type of rig, categorized "Cat-B", destined to provide enhanced well intervention and light drilling capability year round on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. According to Aker Solutions: "The Cat-B rig is a semi-submersible unit designed for year-round well intervention. It … [Read more...]

Songa Wins $2.66 Billion Offshore Drilling Contract with Statoil

OSLO -(Dow Jones)- Norwegian offshore drilling operator Songa Offshore SE (SONG.OS) Friday said it has been awarded a rig contract from Statoil ASA (STO) worth $2.66 billion for two newbuild cat D semi-submersible rigs, a type of rig which is specially designed to get more out of mature fields. The contract follows a similar deal signed last July with Statoil that is also … [Read more...]

Looking for a Place to Sleep at Sea? Try a Prosafe Accommodation Rig, Built by Jurong.

Sembcorp Marine's subsidiary Jurong Shipyard has secured a US$291.6 million contract to build an accommodation semi-submersible rig with options for another two units from Prosafe, the world's leading owner and operator of accommodation and service rigs. Scheduled for delivery in the second quarter of 2014, the accommodation semi-submersible rig will be built based on the … [Read more...]

Exclusive Interview With Deepwater Horizon Survivor Yancy Keplinger

On April 20th 2011, the one year anniversary of the BP rig explosion, gCaptain was honored to conduct video interviews with many survivors of the Deepwater Horizon. Today's interview is with Senior Dynamic Positioning operator Yancy Keplinger the rig's most veteran watchstander on duty at the time of the incident. Yancy, along with 3rd Mate Andrea Fleytas, the 23 year old … [Read more...]

POLL: Flag State Changes to Dynamically Positioned Drilling Vessels…

As of recently, deepwater self-propelled drilling vessels were considered "MODUs", or mobile offshore drilling units.  Recent changes to flag state classification rules now classify these vessels as "Dynamic Positioning Vessels", thus changing the manning requirements significantly. How do you feel about the recent reclassification of DP drilling vessels, and the more … [Read more...]