"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.
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.
Two semisubmersible offshore mobile drilling units worth about $150 million (Canadian) each have been ordered jointly by two Canadian companies. Bow Valley Industries and Husky Oil Operations announced recently that the rigs had been ordered from Canadian and Norwegian yards.
Keyes Offshore, Inc. of Houston, a major drilling rig owner and contractor to the offshore industry, has contracted with Ingalls Shipbuilding of Pascagoula, Miss., to build another Friede & Goldman L-780, Mod 2 jackup drilling rig. This is the
Avondale Shipyards, Inc. of New Orleans, a subsidiary of Ogden Corporation, recently laid the keel for the U.S. Navy auxiliary oiler Willamette (AO-I8O). She is the fourth in a series of five that Avondale is building for the Navy. Named for