Galaxy III jack up to use tender assist mode, offline pipe handling

The Galaxy III, a heavy-duty-harsh environment jack up, will soon take advantage of advanced pipe-handling technologies and a tender-assist drilling mode as it begins a 3-year contract for BP Amoco plc in the Lomond field of the North Sea. When positioned in the tender-assist drilling mode (as shown), the Galaxy III's drill floor, substructure, and aft section of the cantilever can be detached from the main body of the rig, then set onto an adjacent platform. The drill floor can then be placed at any position along the platform capping beams by a lift-and-roll system (Fig. 1). Photo courtesy of Santa Fe International Corp.Click here to enlarge imageThe jack up departed Keppel's FEL...

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