SAINT GALLEN, Switzerland – Offshore geotechnical engineering and drilling contractor Geoquip Marine has added the DP-2 multi-purpose offshore support vessel Geoquip Saentis to its fleet.
Currently the vessel is being equipped with the latest version of the company’s GMR600 heave-compensated offshore geotechnical drilling rig.
Onboard there are work spaces and accommodation for 55 crew members. At The vessel is 80 m (262 ft) long with an 18-m (59-ft) beam, providing a stable platform for offshore geotechnical operations and for seabed PCPT equipment and an ROV to be mobilized alongside, Geoquip said.
The GMR600 can drill and take samples in all soil conditions up to 800 m (2,624 ft) water depth (including borehole depth), using steel API drill pipe.
Its Dando 1000 top drive power swivel can handle a 6⅝-in. API drill string. An 8- to 20-ton seabed frame is used to clamp the drillstring for downhole sampling and in situ testing, using various tools.