"It's unwise to pay too much, but it's worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money - that's all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot - it can't be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better." -  John Ruskin 1819-1900

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Photo of the Week 87: The 50 Year Saga of the Noble Discoverer

Originally named the "Matsushiro Maru" and built as a bulk carrier in 1966 the Noble Discoverer has had a long and impressive Maritime history. Known most recently as the "Disco" the vessel was converted to a Drill ship and re-named "Discoverer 511" back in 1976 and renamed the "Frontier Discoverer" in 2001, then the "Noble Discoverer" in 2010 and finally the "DISCOVERER" in 2016.

After being taken over by Noble Drilling in 2010, the Noble Discoverer returned to Alaska in 2012 for a short drilling season in the Chukchi Sea and was then dry towed (heavy lift) to South Korea and Singapore for modifications and returned to Alaska in 2015 to be the standby rig while the Transocean "Polar Pioneer" drilled the one complete well on the Burger prospect in the Chukchi Sea. Shell ultimately withdrew from Alaska and the Noble Discoverer was heavy lifted onboard the Blue Marlin from Port Angeles, Washington in December 2015 to Singapore arriving in late January 2016.

The DISCO was sold for scrap taking it's final voyage from Singapore to Gujarat on India's west coast arriving at Akhil Ship breakers Plot #94 on 9 March 2016.

Alaska Maritime Agencies and General Steamship Agencies provided agency and consulting services from May 2007 until December 2015 in ports of Dutch Harbor, Everett, Seward, Guam, Hawaii, Seattle and other remote locations.

Keywords: Noble Drilling, Frontier Drilling, Shell Exploration, Offshore Exploration, Outer Continental Shelf, Arctic Ocean, Alaska, Heavy Lift, Blue Marlin, Frontier Discoverer, Noble Discoverer, Matsushiro Maru, Discoverer 511, Discoverer, Namura Shipbuilding, IMO 6608608

Noble Discoverer in India
The final resting place of the Noble Discoverer, India port of Gujarat, 16 May 2016