Offshore in depth ///

Twice in 2013, Transocean broke its own world record for the deepest water depth achieved by an offshore drilling rig: first, in February, with the Dhirubhai Deepwater KG1 offshore India; and, again, in July, with the same vessel. Hitting 10,411 ft on its most recent depth record, Transocean has effectively raised the bar for ultra-deepwater activity, and other offshore drilling contractors and shipbuilders have taken note. Blowing past the common standard of deepwater operations, to meet or exceed 3,000 ft, the latest drillships to be delivered, or ordered, will arrive to their contracts, rated to an average water depth of 12,000 ft.

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