Types of Offshore Drilling Vessels

Types of Offshore Drilling Vessels Louisiana Attorney

If you work in the offshore drilling industry, you may find yourself aboard a variety of vessels. At Cueria Law Firm, we feel it is important for employees of offshore drilling vessels to have a better understanding of the vessel types and how employers are to ensure each vessel is properly maintained and offer a safe working environment. With proper maintenance and employee training, an employer is placing their employees at risk for injury or even death. The industry is quite dangerous, and employees are putting themselves at risk as they go to work each day. Learn more about the vessel types below so that you can stay safe while working. 

Condeep Platforms

This platform is a base consisting of concrete oil storage tanks with a single or several concrete shafts moving upward. Most of the platform will sit on the seafloor. This type of platform is commonly used in deep water where weather conditions are heavy. 

Compliant Towers

This vessel type is a flexible and slender tower that has a concrete pile foundation. The structure was created to withstand the significant lateral force and operate in water as deep as 2,990 feet. 

Fixed Platform

This type of platform will typically be anchored to the seafloor and will be used long-term. They are able to operate within a water depth of 1,710 feet or less. 


This vessel is one that has a drill and often used for exploratory drilling or scientific means. The drill has the capability to operate up to 12,100 feet underwater. 

Spar Platform

Anchored to the seafloor, this platform will have mooring lines and use a counterbalance to remain stable. They are used in harsh conditions as the platform has more stability. 

Jack-Drilling Rigs

This type of rig was designed to have legs so that the platform can be raised above sea level. Once moved into place, the legs will keep the platform stable and anchored. This type of platform will operate in more shallow water from with a max depth of 390 feet or 560 feet. 

Protected by the Jones Act

When it comes to oil rig employment, workers are protected by the Jones Act, no matter their location of employment. This federal statute regulates the maritime industry and ensures maintenance and cure for offshore employees.

If you or someone you love has been injured while working on an offshore oil rig, contact our Louisiana personal injury attorneys today. We can provide legal counsel and help you to file a claim for compensation based on your injuries.