- Atlantic Drilling Co partnership meeting report on progress of Atlantic I and Atlantic II buildings, 1975;
- Atlantic I report, 1978;
- Benreoch and Benvrackie drilling contract ammendments, 1987;
- Drill rig photographs, c1980s;
- Brochures and leaflets, c1977-1989;
- Presentation overhead projection material, 1984-1990;
- Stickers, c1976-1977;
- Drill rig Benlomond cloth badges, c1976-1980s;
- Atlantic I jigsaw puzzle, c1976;
- Flag and banner, c1970s-1980s.
Records of Atlantic Drilling Company Limited, shipping and oil drilling company, Edinburgh, Scotland
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 248 UGC 199/7
- Dates of Creationc1975-1990
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description0.26 linear metres
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Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
In December 1976 Ben Line purchased the Sheaf Steam Shipping Company of Newcastle. This purchase resulted in the aquisition of ships, mainly bulk carriers, which were absorbed into the Ben Line fleet. It also included a 100% interest in Sheaf Drilling, which in turn part-owned two semi-submersible drilling rigs, under construction in Finland, with Reardon Smith, the Welsh shipowners, and and Irish and a Mexican company. Following negotiations the Irish and the Mexican company left the partnership and Ben Line and Reardon Smith each owned one rig and held a 50% interest in Atlantic Drilling Company Ltd which was set up to manage the two rigs in 1977. The two drill rigs were Atlantic I and Atlantic II.
In 1977 Ben Line Steamers Ltd bought Reardon Smith's rig and also their 50% share in ADCO, making it a Ben Line Group company outright. Shortly after, Atlantic I and Atlantic II were renamed Benvrackie VI and Bendoran V respectively.
In 1980 the company acquired self-propelled drill ship Fredericksburg which was renamed Benlomond VII the following year. In 1983 the company acquired semi-submersible rig Benreoch III . It appears that ADCO played a role in the management of Ocean Benloyal which was acquired by Ben Odeco Ltd in 1982. In 1992, following the dissolvement of Ben Odeco, the semi-submersible rig was transferred to ADCO and renamed Benloyal III.
By the early 1990s oil drilling companies were in fierce competition and running costs were becoming high and the rigs were gradually sold off, with Benloyal III and Benreoch III being the last sold off in January 1996 to Stena Drilling Ltd of Aberdeen. This effectively brought Atlantic Drilling Company Ltd to an end. Its last accounts were made up to 1998 when it was dissolved.
The description of the Records of the Ben Line Group Limited is divided into the following sections, each with its own separate description:
- UGC 199/1, Records of Wm Thomson & Co
- UGC 199/2, Records of The Petrograd Steamers Limited
- UGC 199/3, Records of The Ben Line Steamers Limited
- UGC 199/4, Records of Benmarine Limited
- UGC 199/5, Records of Ben Line Containers Limited
- UGC 199/6, Records of Ben Odeco Limited
- UGC 199/7, Records of Atlantic Drilling Company Limited
- UGC 199/8, Ben Line Group records
The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received
Conditions Governing Access
Gift : E G Thomson (Holdings) Ltd : June 2013 : ACCN 3773
Gift : E G Thomson (Holdings) Ltd : February 2013 : ACCN 3744
Transfer : Edinburgh University Library : June 2006 : ACCN 2949
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This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 248 procedures
All Materials held by Ben Line Group Limited until it was wound down in 2000. Thereafter transfered to and held by E G Thomson (Holdings) Ltd until deposit at GUAS, with exception of ACCN 2949, containing voyage account books and voyage account boxes, which were held by Edinburgh University Library until transfer to GUAS in 2006.
Location of Originals
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Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999 and National Council on Archives, Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names
Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.
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