When "GLOMAR IV" reaches this point, she will anchor - by means of eight 20,000 lb.
When "GLOMAR IV" reaches this point, she will anchor - by means of eight 20,000 lb.anchors - following which divers will survey the sea bed to check for submarine cables, wrecks, mines and in general, insure that conditions are suitable for operations to commence.The water at this point is some 150 feet in depth.
Although the actual drilling is being carried out by contractor, Gulf will maintain an office and storage facilities in Great Yarmouth at the specially constructed operating base.
"GLOMAR TV" operated by Global Marine Inc., is one of four sister ships , the first ever designed from "the keel up" for offshore drilling.
The majority of the drilling rigs being used in the North Sea are erected on steel platforms which must be towed from one location to another."GLOMAR IV", being itself a ship, moves under its own powers and is classified by the American Bureau of Shipping for unlimited ocean service.
"GLOMAR IV" is a twin screw, diesel-electric powered vessel of some 5,800 deadweight tons, and can drill to depths of 20,000 feet in 600 feet of water.She carries 15,000 feet of drill pipe on automatic rackers and has a 136 feet high derrick.There is a platform aft for helicopters to land; these will be Westland Whirlwind Aircraft operated by Bristow Helicopters Ltd., and will be used to move drilling personnel to and from the ship.Approximate total complement including the marine crew is 60, each of whom spends 10 days on the vessel and 5 ashore.
With interest still high in the North Sea "oil rush", Gulf's programme has certain news value.(Recent rumours of a possible oil discovery by the drilling barge "MR.CAP", although subsequently denied by the Company, has further added to the interest in the drilling operation off the British coast).
"GLOMAR IV" will not be the first oilrig to drill in the British sector of the North Sea but she will be the first self-propelled vessel to do so.It appears likely at present that Gulf will be the second licensee to begin drilling in the British portion of the North Sea.
In addition to the general release of information to Press, Radio, T.V.and other media, the public relations programme will take the following form:-
1.Charter aircraft to provide facilities for movie and still photography on two occasions as follows:-
(a) when the ship arrives in the Channel (about 12th/13th April).
(b) when the ship is in position in the North Sea for drilling (about end April).
2.Arrange a press reception in London at the time when the ship arrives in position to start drilling.
3.Provide facilities from the end of April onwards for reporters and photographers to visit the ship and witness drilling operations.