The Ensco DS-6 is an ultra-deepwater drill ship that possesses a dynamic positioning system and was originally named the Pride Deep Ocean Molokai. It was built using the design template of the Samsung 12000. Given that latter connection, it’s not too surprising that construction took place at the Samsung Shipyard in Geoje, South Korea, with delivery occurring in 2012. By that time, the ship’s name had evolved to its present moniker.
Built at a cost of $745 million, the DS-6 accommodates up to 200 crew members and can achieve a maximum drilling depth of 40,000 feet. The Marshall Islands-flagged ship has a gross tonnage of 60,162 tons and a deadweight tonnage of 60,584 tons. It has a length of 748 feet and a breadth of 138 feet. One of the safety features to avoid or limit the possibility of blowouts taking place is the inclusion of six-ram, 15,000-psi preventers.
In April 2012, the DS-6 was contracted for five years by BP at a day rate of $522,000 per day. with a pair of one-year options included. Prior to beginning its service, it underwent accommodations in Singapore in order to adapt to new drilling standards that had been put in place in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater disaster.
The first work undertaken by the DS-6 took place in Angola, with constant movement around the world one of the trademarks of the drillship. By 2015, the DS-6 was in Spain and is currently working Egypt. Unlike many of its sister ships in the DS fleet, which have seen their drilling contracts cancelled due to the lingering drop in oil prices that began in mid-2014, the DS-6 has remained in operation. It first arrived in Egypt in June 2016 to aid in the Atoll-1 exploration in the East Nile Delta.