A giant drilling barge - for the North Sea Oil Explorations - has been launched at John Brown's shipyard on the Clyde.
A giant drilling barge - for the North Sea Oil Explorations - has been launched at John Brown's shipyard on the Clyde. It was the first of three barges - costing a total of about six million pounds - which John Brown's are building for the International Drilling Company. It was an unusual launch - of an unusual vessel.
The launching flag was there. But otherwise, there was no launching ceremony... no bands playing... no bottle of champagne. Just the pressing of a tiny button.
And the giant barge -- complete with helicopter platform - went smoothly down the slipway into the river. A ship with a difference. A ship, not so much to sail the sea, as to stand on the sea bottom.
It's giant steel legs will be fitted later.
The Barge - able to drill to a depth of twenty thousand feet under the North Sea bottom - is expected to go into service in August.