Several years ago, Exxon instituted a survey of contracted mobile offshore drilling units to evaluate structural integrity and readiness to properly respond to marine emergencies that might arise offshore. Results showed structural integrity and marine readiness varied from rig to rig and prompted Exxon to implement an ongoing and more rigorous Marine Safety program throughout its offshore operations.

This paper will briefly describe results of Exxon rig inspections and Exxon's on-going Marine Safety program. Work in progress by the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) to promote industry-wide upgrading of the mobile drilling fleet will also be highlighted.

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