CIMC Raffles-Built Heavy Lift Transporter Heads to Sea Trials

On January 31st, the above-pictured 50,000 ton deadweight, dynamically-positioned (DP) semi-submersible heavy lift vessel departed CIMC Raffles shipyard for sea trials.    This vessel, along with her sister vessel, were ordered from United Faith Group Limited in 2011 and designed by Shanghai Ship Research and Design Institute (SDARI). The shipyard says tests of the vessel … [Read more...]

North Dragon’s Hull Launched at CIMC Raffles

The above image is not a barge, or a leg-less jack-up rig, but rather the hull of the North Dragon semi-submersible drilling rig under construction at CIMC Raffles.  The columns and pontoons have been built separately as the below image shows (shot last October) and were launched in November of last year. The rig was designed in a joint effort between Global Maritime and … [Read more...]

COSL Prospector Delivered

China Oilfield Services Limited (COSL) accepted delivery today of the COSLProspector, their fourth deep-water semi-submersible drilling rig built by CIMC Raffles.  COSL says the rig is scheduled to be deployed to the South China Sea within the first half of 2015. COSLProspector and her sister rigs are classed by DNV GL and China Classification Society (CCS) and … [Read more...]

CIMC Raffles Delivers New Jack-Up to Coastal Contracts Bhd

Malaysian offshore and marine services provider Coastal Contracts Bhd received a new Friede & Goldman-designed JU2000E jack-up drilling rig this week from CIMC Raffles' Yantai yard. Named Coastal Driller 4001, this ABS-classed rig is 70.36 meters long, 76 meters wide and 9.45 meters high, with leg length of 167 meters, spud can diameter of 18 meters, designed draft of … [Read more...]

SPOTD: OOS Gretha Arrives in Brazil

The semisubermisible crane & accommodation rig OOS GRETHA arrived in Brazil on Sunday, 9 March 2014 after an 11,802 nautical mile journey from Yantai, China which commenced on 29 December. The rig was designed and built by CIMC RAFFLES for Overdulve Offshore Services (OOS International) and is on a long-term charter contract with Petrobras. OOS Gretha's sister rig,  OOS … [Read more...]