On November eight, 2015, the Houston-based drilling contractor Diamond Offshore suggested that the ultra-deepwater drillship Ocean Clipper had been launched by Petrobras, and shall be bought for scrap. Data from Rig Logix and Diamond Offshore stated at the moment, that the drillship, a Wodeco/Mitsubishi design was delivered in 1977, on the Kobe Japan Shipyard.
This is simply part of the drillship historical past.
All began in 1954 within the US port of Newport with the launch of the W. Alton Jones tanker. Owned by Grand Bassa Tankers, the unit was in a while renamed Service Valley Forge. The tanker had a protracted profession via the oceans of the world. In December 1969 the vessel got here briefly into the highlight when she collided the tanker M/V Esso Colon within the straits of Singapore.
According to the British Ship Research Association, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Kobe used the forebody of the Cities Service Valley Forge to construct a contemporary drillship, the Wodeco IX able to drilling in a water depth of 300 meters. The tanker forebody represented two-thirds of the full size of the brand new ship. In 1996 Diamond Offshore started changing the drillship renamed to Ocean Clipper, into an UDW vessel in preparation for contracted drilling within the Gulf of Mexico. The begin of a profitable deepwater profession with nobody to recollect or know that many of the ship hull was constructed within the 1950’s.
(Image: W. Alton Jones tanker tanker and later the Diamond Offshore Ocean Clipper)
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