ABS to Class Ensco Deepwater Drillships

(Press Release)
Thursday, May 17, 2012

Ensco plc has selected ABS as the class society for its advanced-capability, ultra deepwater drillship to be built at the Samsung Heavy Industries, Co. Ltd (SHI) Shipyard in Geoje, South Korea.  The ENSCO DS-8 will be the sixth Samsung DP3 drillship in the fleet and will extend the benefits of Ensco’s fleet standardization strategy. With drilling capabilities in water depths to 12,000 feet and a total vertical drilling depth of 40,000 feet, this new vessel will meet the demands of ultra deepwater drilling.

“Samsung is the market leader in drillship newbuilds and utilizes advanced shipbuilding technology. We’re proud that ABS will be the first class society to deliver this new drillship design,” says In Yong Jeong, ABS District Principle Surveyor. “This contract demonstrates that ABS has the experience and expertise to class deepwater drillships that sometimes come with inevitable technical challenges.”

New features on the ENSCO DS-8 include retractable thrusters, enhanced safety and environmental features, improved dynamic positioning capabilities and advanced drilling and completion functionality, including below-main-deck riser storage, triple fluid systems, offline conditioning capability and enhanced client and third-party facilities.

 “An ongoing trend of new deepwater oil and gas discoveries around the globe is creating a high demand for equipment capable of tapping those resources,” says Ensco Chairman, President and CEO Dan Rabun.  “Our track record of leading and deepwater performance increasingly makes us the driller of choice for operators working in complex offshore fields. Our high-grading strategy will ensure that we continue to be equipped to respond to rising demand.”

The drillship also is set to receive the environmentally friendly notations from ABS, including ENVIRO+ denoting that the vessel adheres to enhanced environmental standards and the dynamic positioning notation +DPS-3. Construction cost, including commissioning, systems integration testing, project management and spares is expected to be approximately $645 million. The vessel is scheduled for delivery in the third quarter of 2014.

 

Maritime Reporter January 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Shipbuilding

MSC Sinfonia Upgradation at Fincantieri Shipyard

Extension operations on MSC Sinfonia, the second out of four MSC cruise ships to undergo the Renaissance Programme of enhancements, have begunin the past days at Fincantieri shipyard in Palermo.

Irving Celebrates Canadian AOPS Build Contract

Government of Canada & Irving Shipbuilding mark signing of $2.3 billion AOPS build contract; 3,600 Jobs across Canada generated from Irving’s NSPS commitments to

Maran Orders 4 LNGCs from DSME

Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) will build four large Liquefied Natural Gas Carriers (LNGC) for Maran Gas.   The four LNGCs

Classification Societies

What Keeps ‘Good Ship’ RINA Buoyant

When the Institution of Naval Architects was formed in 1860 it became one of the bastions of Victorian engineering, enabling and encouraging the exchange of knowledge,

Greece Delegates New Authority to RS

New authority delegated to RS by the Maritime Administration of the Hellenic Republic   A new agreement governing the delegation of authority for statutory surveys

Lightweight Composite Approved for Ship

For the first time, combustible, fibre-reinforced, lightweight composite has been approved for use in a SOLAS ship. Panama's flag authority has accepted a design

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Standards Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Salvage Ship Repair Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1178 sec (8 req/sec)