The Ocean Rig Corcovado
The Ocean Rig Corcovado is a sixth-generation drill ship built by Samsung Heavy Industries Shipyard in South Korea and finished in January 2011. It was the first of four vessels built by the company in tandem, with the ship’s naming taking place at the same time of a sister ship, the Olympia, the month before.
It’s 748 feet long, 137.8 feet wide and can accommodate 205 people. It can carry 61,226 deadweight tons, with 59,610 tons worth of gross tonnage. Those employees enjoy a fringe benefit, thanks to a content distribution agreement that allows them to watch movies in their cabins.
Like all Ocean Rig drill ships, it was built in the design of the Saipem 10K and maintains top efficiency when it comes to operations, due to the full dual derrick enhancements. It has the capability to drill wells in waters up to 10,000 feet.
The first project undertaken by the ship was the 2011 Greenland Exploration. Once that work was completed in the fall of that year, the ship moved to the Vats Shipyard in Norway. There, it underwent an upgrade.
On May 15, 2012, all testing of the ship’s equipment was completed, allowing it to begin a three-year, $650 million contract with Brazilian oil giant, Petrobras.
The following year, the purchase of state-of-the-art boot dryer equipment helped alleviate a potential problem when it came to sick leaves. In such situations, the likelihood of illness inevitably rises when workers are forced to work in boots that are either soaked or even damp. The machine accommodates 20 pairs of boots at a time and is used on a daily basis.
By the middle of 2014, the ship was earning an estimated $464,800 per day. Due to that success, a three-year extension was worked out in October 2014.