from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A practice-ship; a ship for the instruction of cadets; a vessel employed for teaching the rudiments of sea-manship, navigation, gunnery, and marine engineering.


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  • HARRIS: And if the waves are rough enough, crews could even have to stop collecting oil with the drill-ship Enterprise, which right now is gathering more than half of the oil that's being salvaged from the damaged well.

    Stormy Weather Could Delay Oil Spill Cleanup Efforts 2010

  • Respondents are bringing a drill-ship carrying the new blow-out preventer over the site of the well, Adm. Allen said; concurrently, they are flushing any "extraneous materials" out of the sealing cap and filling it with seawater to better understand pressure variations at the well.

    'Bottom Kill' Effort Still on Hold 2010

  • NEW YORK MarketWatch - Transocean Ltd. shares fell Tuesday on a plan by the drill-ship operator to issue about $1.3 billion of stock, while the energy sector added to gains from the previous session. - Top Stories 2011

  • The containment cap that BP clamped over the leak earlier this week was siphoning oil to a waiting drill-ship at a faster rate than initially estimated, U.S.

    Latest News - Yahoo!7 News 2010

  • Other FOGL prospects which have been surveyed, Loligo, Nimrod, and Endeavour all lie in water depths greater than 1,000 meters and are best suited to being drilled by a dynamically positioned drill-ship or semi-submersible.

    MercoPress 2010

  • "Expect new drill-ship contracts over the next two quarters to be positive catalysts," Dur said in a note today.

    Kathimerini English Edition : Print Edition : 19/10/09 2009


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  • 1. A drillship is a merchant vessel designed for use in exploratory offshore drilling of new oil and gas wells or for scientific drilling purposes. In most recent years the vessels are used in deepwater and ultra-deepwater applications, equipped with the latest and most advanced dynamic positioning systems.

    2. A practice-ship; a ship for the instruction of cadets; a vessel employed for teaching the rudiments of seamanship, navigation, gunnery, and marine engineering.

    All drillships have what is called a ”moon pool”. The moon pool is an opening on the base of the hull and depending on the mission the vessel is on, drilling equipment, small submersible crafts and divers may pass through the moon pool.

    June 28, 2015