ABS approves new drillship design
ABS has approved Diamond Offshore Drilling’s new Floating Factory drillship concept.
The drillship was conceptualized as an asset that could adapt to carry out different functions for the entire lifecycle of the well, changing from one operational phase to the next and reducing transition times between phases by carrying out some of the necessary functions off the critical path.
“ABS is working on multiple fronts to help the offshore industry find efficiencies and streamline operations,” says ABS executive vice president for Global Offshore Ken Richardson. “We are coordinating efforts for standardization and working one-on-one with companies that are changing the way offshore projects are executed.”
“We understand the need to reduce well delivery times and improve economics to try to drive down the costs of offshore development,” says Diamond Offshore senior vice president for Technical Services Karl Sellers. “We’re rethinking designs and making enhancements based on input from customers and equipment providers, and we’re relying on classification societies like ABS to help us validate our concepts.”