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Threading an Oil Pipe 3,000 Feet Beneath the Ocean Floor

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The brief is simple: Plunge a 22-inch-diameter casing pipe through a wider 36-inch conductor pipe 3,000 feet underneath the bottom of the ocean. The crew of Maersk Viking makes the painstaking maneuver with delicacy.

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Maersk Viking is a high-tech, ultra-deepwater drillship, capable of drilling in seas up to nearly 12,000-feet deep and able to bore seven miles into the Earth's crust. Hop aboard on her latest assignment, building an advanced well 200 miles south of New Orleans in the oil-rich Gulf of Mexico. It's a multi-billion-dollar job with many obstacles, including the remnants of a hurricane that will rock Viking hard and could put the mission, not to mention the 180-person crew, in deep jeopardy.

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