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This is not the first time the Deepwater Nautilus has been on the losing end of encounters with powerful Gulf of Mexico hurricanes. In September of last year Hurricane Ivan tore the rig from its Shell offshore location, one hundred sixty miles south of Mobile, Alabama. The rig was later found slightly damaged some seventy miles from its original drilling location. Three weeks ago Katrina sent the rig on another unplanned and unmanned eighty mile voyage leaving rig mooring lines, anchors and 3,200 feet of marine riser pipe on the ocean floor.
Transocean owns and operates the largest fleet of deepwater semi-submersible and ship-shape mobile offshore drilling rigs in the world. The Deepwater Nautilus is a conventionally moored propulsion assist rig rated for water depths up to 8,000 feet. Shell Offshore currently has the rig under long term contract at a $195,100 per day charter rate.
For more information on the worldwide mobile offshore rig fleet, please see visit www.RigLogix.com.
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