Total mobile rig utilization in the Gulf of Mexico declined this week. Current fleet utilization is 47.1%, with 57 of 121 mobile rigs under contract or committed for work. Marketed utilization, which excludes cold stacked and other non-marketed rigs, is currently at 76%, with 57 of 75 rigs under contract.
Within the jackup fleet, total utilization dipped to 35.8%, with 29 of 81 rigs under contract or committed for work. Marketed utilization also fell, to 65.9%, with 29 of 44 units contracted. Both Hercules Offshore, Inc. and Spartan Offshore Drilling, LLC had previously working units released from contract, accounting for the drop.
Two contracted newbuilds were added to the floating rig fleet this week, but one previously contracted unit was released, so overall utilization dropped. Currently, total utilization is 82.3%, with 28 of 34 units under contract. Marketed utilization now stands at 90.3%, with 28 of 31 units under contract.
Platform rig utilization is also unchanged at 35.3%, with 18 of 51 units under contract, while marketed utilization stays at 51.4%, with 18 of 35 rigs contracted.
Inland barge utilization is down this week, as five previously contracted rigs were released. As a result, current fleet ...