GSF C.R. Luigs

The GSF C.R. Luigs is an ultra-deepwater drillship that was constructed with a Glomar 456 drillship design in Belfast, Northern Ireland at the Harland and Wolff Shipyard for an estimated cost of $390 million. Global Marine Inc. took delivery of the ship in March 2000 and it began operations one month later, working in the Gulf of Mexico on the three-year contract for BHP Petroleum.

Possessing a length of 759 feet and a breadth of 118 feet, the Nautronix ASK 5003 dynamically positioned ship underwent sea testing in the North Sea prior to its delivery. It was built in tandem with its sister ship, the Glomar Jack Ryan, which began construction shortly after what was originally named the Glomar C.R. Luigs before being delivered to Exxon Mobil later in 2000.

The GSF C.R. Luigs was constructed to handle drilling a 35,000 foot well as deep as 9,000 feet, though it was afforded the capability to expand by 33 percent, up to 12,000 feet. It can accommodate a crew of up to 150 people.

Due to a merger with the Global Santa Fe Corporation in September 2001, the name of the ship officially changed to GSF C.R. Luigs. The combined company created the second largest offshore drilling contractor in the world.

The rigorous situations a drillship encounters, which included the GSF C.R. Luigs having to leave its area in the Gulf of Mexico in 2005 due to Hurricane Rita, requires attention in taking protective measures. Actions such as those were one reason the company received a safety award from the United States Department of Interior the following year.

In recent years, the deterioration of the oil market has resulted in the GSF C.R. Luigs being cold stacked in the Trinidad and Tobago area, with no indication when that status will change.