Ensco rigs and job losses stack up

UK-headquartered offshore driller Ensco is cutting another 350 jobs, the result of a move to stack three drillships and a semisubmersible which are out of work in the Gulf of Mexico.

Ensco is stacking semisubmersible Ensco 8500 and drillships Ensco DS-3, Ensco DS-4 and Ensco DS-5.

Houston Business Journal reports that Ensco has informed the Texas Workforce Commission of the job cuts and plans to implement them immediately. It follows reductions announced in September last year, which saw the company implement a 14% cut of onshore staff and increase previously announced cuts to 15% of offshore staff.

Earlier this month Ensco had contracts for two semisubmersible rigs, Ensco 6003 and Ensco 6004, terminated by Petrobras and decided to permanently retire them.


Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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