Published at 12:20PM - 10/01/15

The Catwalk is a steel platform that links the Pipe Deck to the Drill Floor via the V-door.  Its main purpose is to allow the easy transport of drill pipe from the Pipe Deck to the Drill Floor.  

This operation is typically done by use of a knuckle boom crane located on the Pipe Deck and air hoists on the Drill Floor.  More modern rigs use a hydraulic Catwalk that include conveyer belts and arms to make the operation safer and more efficient.