In recent months, the market for semisubmersible drilling vessels has been reduced significantly. This is partly because of the sharp increase in the number of semisubmersibles now available, and partly because many oil companies have cut back their exploration budgets. As a result, obtaining contracts for semisubmersibles has become a very competitive business. An important tool that the owner has at his disposal to help sell a particular semisubmersible is a method for predicting the percentage of time that a vessel will be unable to work because of the weather. This paper presents a method for calculating the percentage of downtime resulting from weather that a semisubmersible will experience in a particular sea state. An example for a vessel operating in the South China Sea is given.

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    Society of Petroleum Engineers

    6200 North Central Expressway
    Dallas, TX  United States  75206
  • Authors:
    • Springett, C N
  • Publication Date: 1977-6

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  • Accession Number: 00165418
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 23 1977 12:00AM