Gorilla VII walks to water

Rowan's Gorilla VII jack up rig, built 300 ft from the Mississippi River bank, "walks" under its own power into the water, following primary construction at LeTourneau's yard in Vicksburg, Miss. (Fig. 1). Photos courtesy LeTourneau Inc.Click here to enlarge imageRowan Cos. Inc. has completed initial construction on the Gorilla VII jack up rig at its LeTourneau Inc. yard in Vicksburg, Miss., and is currently moving the rig to Sabine Pass, Tex., for final completion, expected by yearend 2001. Click here to enlarge imageLeTourneau and Rowan designed Gorilla VII, the latest in its class of "super gorilla rigs," to operate year round in 400 ft of water in the North Sea, south of 61...

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