Total mobile rig utilization in the Gulf of Mexico rose again this week as three previously idle rigs received contracts. Current fleet utilization is 46.9%, with 60 of 128 mobile rigs under contract or committed for work. Marketed utilization, which excludes cold stacked and other non-marketed rigs, jumped to 81.1%, with 60 of 74 rigs under contract.
Within the jackup fleet, Hercules Offshore, Inc. and Rowan Companies, Inc. received contracts for previously idle units. As a result, total utilization is now 37.1%, with 33 of 89 rigs under contract or committed for work. Marketed utilization increased to 75%, with 33 of 44 units contracted.
Floating rig utilization rose this week as an idle Noble Drilling semi received a new deal and another Noble semi departed the Gulf of Mexico for Brazil. Overall, 27 of 33 rigs are under contract, for utilization of 81.8%. Marketed utilization is now 90%, with 27 of 30 rigs under contract.
Total Platform rig fleet utilization is unchanged from last week. Fleet utilization is now at 37.3%, with 19 of 51 units under contract. Marketed utilization stays at 57.6% with 19 of 33 rigs contracted.
Inland barge utilization is up slightly this ...