Very little is understood concerning the Navifor Norse drillship operated in its day by the French contractor Cosifor. The rig had been drilling exploration wells in West Africa for ten years for the Paris-based oil firm Elf.
It belongs to those bulk carriers transformed into drillships after a busy provider at sea. It was a standard factor within the early 1970s, a simple means for adventurous drillers to enter the offshore world.
The Navifor Norse began its life as an ocean bulk freighter: Avery C, Adams. The ship was constructed at Montreal, Quebec, by Canadian Vickers for Bradley Shipping Co. and launched in June 1958. The ship operated in off-Lakes service till the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway for Wilson Shipping Corporation established in Montreal. She was bought 1960 for off-Lakes service and left the Great Lakes. She was nenamed Cyprus in 1964, Union in 1968 and Freja in 1969. Sold in 1972 to Hall Corporation Shipping Ltd., Montreal QC, she returned to Great Lakes service with dwelling port to Montreal QC. She was renamed Scotiacliffe Hall in 1972 then Scotiacliffe in 1974. The ship was bought and left the Great lakes. She was Chartered by Hall Shipping to Bunge Canada, to haul grain.
In March 1973 as Scottiacliffe Hall, when outbound from Galveston Bay, Tx, she collided with inbound British propeller Drucillau U. Severely broken she dry docked at Todd Shipyards, Galveston, TX, for repairs.
Acquired by Farell Inc. Scottiacliffe arrived at Gothenburg in Sweden in March 1975 to be transformed to drillship and named Navifor Norse. Operated by the French contractor Cosifor, it began operations in 1976. The rig spent its brief life within the oilfield, drilling exploration wells alongside the coast of West Africa, particularly offshore the Republic of Congo and Gabon, this till 1986. The Navifor Norse was bought in 1987 by Societe Elf-Gabon its proprietor from 1982, to the Norwegian A.N.S. Andskip and renamed Ile de Kassa.
On August eight, 1989 the drillship was beached close to Aliaga in Turkey and damaged up by its Norwegian homeowners. (Image: W. Thiel)
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