Summing Up

The four vessels described above are the most common types of offshore rigs and most leading drilling companies have a mixed fleet containing at least 3 to 5 of each. When you join the oil extraction industry, it is a good idea to try and gain experience in each of the different types of vessels so that your expertise is diverse and your skills become versatile.

Another important consideration is where you fit best into an oil rig’s crew and the next chapter, which talks about the different roles on an oil rig, throws some light on that.