Global Marine Awards Drilling Rig Contract To Davie Shipbuilding

Global Marine Drilling Company of Houston, Texas, and Davie Shipbuilding Limited of Lauzon, Quebec, Canada, have announced the signing of a contract for a marine jackup drilling rig.

The cantilever rig, which is based on the Marathon Le- Tourneau design, has a full leg length of 360 feet, and can drill in water depths of up to 250 feet while withstanding wind speeds of 100 mph. The platform, which is supported on three triangular legs, includes three 50-ton lift marine cranes with 100-foot booms, a heliport, and sufficient crew accommodations to house 72 persons. The rig has an elevating speed of 90 ft./hour. The basic platform is designed to meet the specifications of ABS (American Bureau of Shipping) class Maltese Cross A-l.

The new rig is the first of the jackup type to be ordered by Global, who are best known for their fleet of sophisticated dynamic- positioned drillships. Global Marine Drilling Company will employ the rig in the Gulf of Mexico and possibly off the U.S. East Coast.

The contract will provide ap- proximately 300-350 man-years of work at the "Davie" yard, and has a gross value of 20-million Canadian dollars.

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