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What are the names of some offshore drilling companies?

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Nabors Industries, Atwood Oceanics and Diamond Offshore Drilling are offshore drilling companies as of 2015. Each company drills offshore near the United States and in international locations and operates several different types of drilling machinery.

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Nabors Industries drills offshore with 48 rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, Alaska and in nine countries outside the United States. The company uses its MASE and MOD rigs in areas that have high winds and waves, and it operates its Sundowner and Super Sundowner rigs in situations that require offshore drilling within short time frames. Nabors Industries also engages in land drilling and offers oilfield services, equipment and technology.

Atwood Oceanics operates two ultra-deepwater drillships with two more under construction, two ultra-deepwater semisubmersibles, two deepwater semisubmersibles and five high-speculation jackups. The company engages in both exploration and drilling for the oil and gas industries. Atwood Oceanics has been in business for more than 45 years and is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ATW.

Diamond Offshore Drilling operates 22 semisubmersibles, with another specifically designed for harsh conditions under construction, four drillships and six jackups. The company traces its roots back to 1953 with the Ocean Drilling and Exploration Company's first submersible drilling rig, named Mr. Charlie after the company's first financial backer.

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