MES Awarded Contract To Build Semisubmersible For Sonat Offshore Drilling

Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES), jointly with Mitsui & Co., Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan, recently received an order from Sonat Offshore Drilling Inc.

of the U.S. to build a semisubmersible offshore oil drilling rig deliverable in July 1985.

The rig will be a semisubmersible unit newly designed to be able to endure severe sea conditions.

It will have a fully watertight superstructure, and will be capable of accommodating 150 persons and bearing a load of about 5,000 metric tons.

It will be designed for mooring at a water depth of up to 2,000 feet, and will be equipped with a system which can automatically maintain the position of the hull at a maximum water depth of 10,000 feet. The rig is intended to meet the requirements of the pertinent rules of the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Norway.

In late September 1982, MES delivered a semisubmersible rig, John Shaw, to the same owner.

This new order covers not only construction by MES bbt also the joint development of the rig with its owner.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 65,  Mar 1983 South Americas

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