D a v i e Launches Second Jackup Drilling Rig For Global M a r i n e Drilling Company
Davie Shipbuilding Limited recently launched the second in a series of marine jackup drilling rigs. Mrs. Lillian Schindler broke the traditional bottle of champagne and thereby launched and christened the Glomar Jackup II. Mrs. Schindler is the wife of Marvin Schindler. manager of engineering and construction for Global Marine.
The evening launch, at Davie's Lauzon, Quebec, Canada, yard, marks the near completion of the second rig built by Davie for the Houston, Texas-based Global Marine Drilling Company.
Davie has been constructing drill rigs since June of 1978, when it obtained its first contract from Global. Since then, the yard has received two repeat orders from Global and a contract with Salen Offshore of Houston (see MARITIME REPORTER Engineering News, August 1, 1979).
The Glomar Jackup II was scheduled to leave Davie in early December 1979, when it was to be mounted upon a barge and towed to the Gulf of Mexico. The Salen rig is scheduled for delivery in May of 1980, followed by the delivery of the third Global rig in August of '80.
Davie Shipbuilding regards this series of rigs as a base upon which to build their long-term expertise to respond to needs of the offshore industry. Future possible markets include the construction of larger platforms and the supply of jackup rigs specifically adapted for use in the shallowwater leases off Canada's east coast.
Each of the rigs under construction at Davie is built to the designs of the Marathon Le- Tourneau class 82-SD-C through a license a g r e e m e n t between Davie and Marathon. The rigs are each valued at approximately $25 million Canadian.
The 82-SD-C rigs are designed to drill in water depths of up to 250 feet, with a drilling penetration of 25,000 feet. The 207-footlong platform has crew accommodations for up to 90 persons.