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Freight and Moving Oil Rig Parts

When considering moving oil rig parts from one place to another the biggest consideration to bear in mind is whether the rig is for land use, or for use in the sea.

If moving rig part for onshore oil drilling activity then specialist vehicles are used to transport pieces from place to place. The modern design and structure of the rigs used today mean that the drilling tools and rigs are easily transported to and from any environment in the world, from the most remote outposts to the middle of the driest deserts. Once the well is dug and the drilling rig is removed then the work over rig is taken to the site, positioned to the correct place over the well and lowered to commence the harvest of the oil and gas.

There are many important safety factors to bear to consider when moving these parts including driving over slippery, or unstable roads on and around the sitebeing drilled. Driving with care is therefore essential as accidents occur readily in these situations, from crashing into different vehicles to being struck by the rig itself.

When transporting rigs to be used offshore in the sea then the most common and safest mode of transport is a semi-submersible vessel. These vessels are ideal for moving these parts in the sea due to their superb stability and sea-keeping characteristics. They can be used as a platform for the rig, and then moved into the correct place with the use of tugboats. Once in place and anchored, then their position can be readjusted using the vessels own thrust engines.


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