Norwegian offshore rig dealer Bassoe Offshore based mostly in Oslo, just lately suggested that the drillship Jasper Explorer has been offered for scrap. The unit truly chilly staked in Namibia was offered for $three million to GMS Leadership (GMS). Established in 1992 within the UAE, GMS is the world’s largest purchaser of ships and offshore belongings for recycling with amenities in India, China, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Turkey.
Jasper Explorer, launched as Havdrill in 1973, is a part of the well-known Pelican Class sequence of drillship constructed by Gusto MSC. The first unit Pelican was launched in 1972. A complete of 5 models have been constructed at IHC Gusto’s shipyard in Schiedam, The Netherlands, An extra 5 models have been constructed below license at Scott Lithgow UK in Scotland and at Rauma Repola Oy in Finland.
The first drillships, Pelican, Havdrill (Jasper Explorer) and Petrel laid the muse for an enhanced design of the subsequent sequence of Pelerin, Polly Bristol, Ben Ocean Lancer and Pacnorse I. In the early 1980’s the Pelican design was additional enhanced to construct the ice-class drillships: Valentin Shashin, Viktor Muravlenko and Mikhail Mirchink.
Havdril had been renamed a number of occasions throughout its 45 years of operations
• November 2013: Havdrill was delivered from IHC Gusto N. V., Schiedam, The Netherlands to A / S Havtor v / P. Meyer, Oslo and operated by Nordic Offshore Drilling Co.
• 1976: Canmar Explorer III. Acquired by Dome Petroleum then Canadian Marine Drilling and later in 1990 Amoco Canada Resources.
• 1997: Named Northern Explorer then Explorer III by Merit Maritime
• 2005: Neptune Explorer after acquisition by Neptune Investments A/S. In October 2006 the drillship acquired a $30 million improve at Sembawang shipyard in Singapore. The 6 months improve included 1,700 tons of metal renewal and new set up, full overhaul and repairs to the marine methods and rebuilding of lodging areas.
• 2009: Neptune Explorer was acquired by Jasper drilling based mostly in Singapore. The vessel acquired fifth technology Marine and drilling tools to drill in 5,000ft of water depth.
• 2010: Neptune Explorer was renamed Jasper Explorer
In 2013 Jasper Explorer was awarded a contract by CNOOC to drill offshore the Republic of Congo.
Jasper Explorer was not the oldest offshore drilling unit in operation. According to the Infield rig knowledge base, The Aban Ice drillship operated by Aban Offshore in-built 1959 and transformed to drillship in 1975, is in the present day the oldest unit at present in operation. The vessel is drilling for ONGC offshore India.
The Pelican class drillship Aban Abraham, in-built 1976, previously Pelerin, can be drilling offshore India for ONGC
(Source: Bassoe Offshore, Gusto MSC)
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