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    Noble Corporation working to correct deficiencies on Noble Discoverer

    Vessel & ROV News // January 2, 2013

    Noble Corporation says it is "working cooperatively and diligently" to rectify deficiencies and maintenance issues raised by the US Coast Guard during a recent inspection of the drillship, Noble Discoverer. The inspection followed a successful drilling season in offshore Alaska.

    The Coast Guard has identified several components and systems aboard the company's drillship for attention, including the ship's propulsion and safety management systems.

    In connection with Noble's internal review independent of the Coast Guard inspection, Noble reported certain other potential regulatory non-compliance issues that it discovered relating to its operations, including possible unauthorized collected water discharges outside the period of drilling operations.

    Noble has already resolved a number of the issues with Noble Discoverer identified by the Coast Guard and plans to complete the remaining items during the previously scheduled shipyard stay in Washington. The drillship is currently being mobilized to the shipyard.

    Noble and Royal Dutch Shell (the current customer for Noble Discoverer), in coordination with the Coast Guard, are also reviewing the drillship's operations in Alaska and the impact of the 2012 arctic operating conditions with the intent of further strengthening the readiness of the drillship and the other drilling assets for 2013.

    The company said it is developing "an enhanced plan" designed to ensure its drilling rigs and their related management procedures are in compliance with applicable maritime laws and leading industry practices.


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