DryShips Inc. signed a 3-year employment contract with Petrobras for exploration drilling in the Black Sea for its semi-submersible rig, the Leiv Eiriksson.
DryShips Inc., a global provider of maritime transportation services for drybulk cargoes and off-shore contract drilling oil services, announced yesterday that on April 8, 2009, pursuant to the previously announced letter of award, its wholly owned subsidiary Ocean Rig ASA signed a 3-year employment contract with Petrobras for exploration drilling in the Black Sea for its semi-submersible rig, the Leiv Eiriksson. The contract is expected to commence in direct continuation from the current contract with Shell. The contract value is approximately USD 630 million, including an estimated 60 days of mobilization, disassembly and reassembly of the derrick structure, and an incentive bonus of 8%.
About DryShips Inc.
DryShips Inc., based in Greece, is an owner and operator of drybulk carriers that operate worldwide. As of the day of this release, DryShips owns a fleet of 42 drybulk carriers comprising 7 Capesize, 28 Panamax, 2 Supramax and 5 newbuilding drybulk vessels with a combined deadweight tonnage of about 3.4 million tons, 2 ultra deep water semisubmersible drilling rigs and 2 ultra deep water newbuilding drillships.