Newbuild News


The Discoverer Americas

Discoverer Americas Begins Four-Year Drilling Contract
Transocean’s newbuild Discoverer Americas on November 16 commenced operations in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico for customer Statoil Gulf of Mexico, a subsidiary of Statoil ASA, under a four-year drilling contract.

One of 22 ultra-deepwater Floaters in the Transocean fleet, the Discoverer Americas features Transocean’s patented dual-activity drilling technology, which allows for parallel drilling operations designed to save time and money in deepwater well construction, compared with conventional rigs. The dual-activity technology, along with a new and enhanced top drive system, a high-pressure mud-pump system and other unique features of the drillship target the drilling of wells up to 40,000 feet of total depth. The rig also has a variable deckload of more than 20,000 metric tons and the capability of drilling in water depths of up to 12,000 feet.


Crossing the Line
Crewmembers on the Discoverer Americas took some time out on September 25 to celebrate crossing the equator while the rig was en route to the Gulf of Mexico. The rig’s “Shellbacks” (people who have crossed the equator before) conducted an old ceremony to initiate … safely, of course ... the rig’s 60 “Pollywogs” (those who have never crossed the equator), which is called a Line Crossing Ceremony. From left to right, most of the rig’s Shellbacks: Milverton “Shane” Richards, Dr. Conrado Yutuc, Thornton Ring, Elliot Cernik, Mark Morgan as the Royal Baby, Rocky Hebert as King Neptune, Daniel Jones, Randy Thomas, James Snider, Paul Gregory Baker, Huston Funk, Daniel Greenier and Robert Almeida as Davy Jones.

“It was a lot of fun for everyone and I do think it was a genuine crew-building experience,” said DAS Master Adam Iversen.


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