TRANSOCEAN RETIRES C.R. LUIGS AND SONGA DELTA
Transocean said that the ultra-deepwater drillship GSF C.R. Luigs and the mid-water semi-submersible Songa Delta are retired and will be sold for scrap.
C.R. Luigs was built with a Glomar 456 design at Harland & Wolff Shipyard in Belfast. Global Marine took delivery of the vessel in March 2000 and it began drilling in the Gulf of Mexico for BHP. Following the deterioration of the oil industry and the weak contracting activity, C.R. Luigs was cold stacked in Trinidad and Tobago.
Songa Delta, an Odeco Ocean Ranger third generation semi-submersible was built in Pori, Finland by Rauma Repola, with delivery in 1981. Formerly Deepsea Delta, the midwater floater operated by Odfjell Drilling was acquired by Songa offshore in June 2008.
Transocean acquired the Songa Offshore rig fleet in August 2017 anticipating the disposal of the older units.
(Source: Transocean – Image: C.R. Luigs)