Today's move also could be in reaction to the decision today by European ambassadors to continue economic sanctions against russia for 6 more months (even though this was expected by all). I note that Odfjell also contracted a 2011 drillship for work in vietnam at $286K/day. They can operate at low day rates apparently.
The fact that West Venture was in 2nd place has a silver lining- it shows that the rig is still competitive. Now if they can just find some work for it.
I also wonder when we'll hear about the Total contact. West Phoenix is being used to drill the Edradour field, and it sounds like there's still a lot of work to be done there, so the odds could be good for some sort of extension - hopefully at reasonable day rates.