Southern Drilling Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Marine Drilling Company, and Bethlehem Steel Corporation's Beaumont, Texas, shipyard, recently commissioned a 250-foot water depth mobile offshore drilling unit. The rig was christened J Storm XVI by its sponsor Mrs.
"Keyes 300," the first of four L-780 self-elevating offshore drilling rigs being built for Keyes Offshore Inc. by Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Miss., left the Ingalls yard recently on its way to drilling for Shell Oil Co. in the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast.
ABS-classed as a XA1 Floating Offshore Installation, the Medusa truss spar will be located on Mississippi Canyon Block 582 in 2,223 ft. of water. Murphy Oil's Medusa truss spar has a hull diameter of 94 ft. (28.6 m) and a total length of 568 ft.
When BP signed a Letter of Intent with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Company, Ltd. of South Korea for the Crazy Horse project in the Gulf of Mexico, it would never have expected that the project would stir up a pot of controversy regarding its name.
Pott Industries Inc., 611 East Marceau Street, St. Louis, Mo. 63111, have announced that Gulf Mississippi Marine Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary providing marine services worldwide to the offshore industry, has been awarded a contract by Gulf of Suez Petroleum Company,
Genstar Limited, Montreal, Canada, has announced that it has signed an agreement to purchase all of the outstanding shares of Gulf of Georgia Towing Co. Ltd. of Vancouver, subject to obtaining approvals from necessary government or regulatory authorities.