Signal Completes Major Upgrade of Noble Homer Ferrington

Signal International has completed a major refurbishment and upgrade of Noble Drilling's Homer Ferrington semi-submersible drilling rig.

The work was done at Signal International's East Facility in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Prefabrication started in February 2004 in anticipation of the rig's arrival in July. The drill-ready rig departed on schedule and within budget after 109 working days.

The scope of work included:

  • Fabrication and installation of fully outfitted main, mid and upper deck extensions
  • Fabrication and installation of a forward and aft lifeboat platform
  • Fabrication, installation and outfitting of a 42 person, 3 level quarters addition
  • Installation of 2 each 60' center column blisters
  • Removal of the existing helideck and replacement with an upgraded new unit
  • Total steelwork, included: removals - 200 tons, fabrication - 280 tons, installation - 530 tons
  • Scaffolding, containment, blasting and painting under main deck, columns and diagonal braces
  • Installation and connection of fourth mud pump
  • Provision of full project electrical support
  • Prefabrication and installation of:
  • New riser tensioner system
  • Flare boom piping and new flare boom
  • Complete zero discharge piping system and misc. piping systems
  • Load-out and tie-down of the rig on a heavylift transport vessel

  • Planning, organizing and controlling of the project were executed through a fully integrated (customer/contractor/subcontractor) process. This resulted in the on-time and on-budget delivery of a world-class high-performance mobile offshore drilling unit.

    Signal International is one of the largest marine and fabrication companies in the Gulf of Mexico providing repair, upgrade, and construction/fabrication services to the offshore industry. With over three miles of water frontage, the six facilities encompass a total of 347 acres and include the East and West yards in Pascagoula, Mississippi and four Texas facilities, one in Sabine Pass, two in Port Arthur and the Orange Yard. Both the Mississippi and Texas operations have floating dry-docks capable of docking jackups and semi-submersibles. These yards are equipped to handle substantial modifications, conversions and repairs of semi-submersibles, jackups, drillships, FPSOs and FPSs.