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Hi, I only have knowledge of onshore drilling and know that offshore workers get paid better. Also, I like the idea of world travel and working the offshore rigs seem exciting to me. I've been doing a bit of research on Jack-ups and am intrigued about how they move around and get in position for pumping oil. So, I have a question:
I understand the cantilever structure that the derrick is fixed to. I'm fuzzy on the meaning of skid, is that allowing for the time it takes to get traction on the ocean floor? for example with an uneven bottom, the drill bit might slide/skid and needs a movement capability at the surface?