Latest offshore rig designs geared to harsh environments, multi-faceted activity ///

Since the beginning of offshore movable rigs, there have been major changes made with respect to operating water depths and well depth capacities (see also, World Oil, June 2013, p. 21). This article covers some recent rig designs that have come from several design and construction companies. In addition, drilling contractors have made great strides in their safety and training programs. These include state-of-the-art mock-ups in driller training consoles; mechanical roughnecks; and training in drilling riser/BOP/control system handling.

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