SINGAPORE -- Yantai Raffles Shipyard has successfully executed the load out for the first of Awilco Offshore's three semisubmersible drilling rigs that are under construction at YRS in Yantai, Shandong Province.
The lower hull of theWilpioneer was successfully loaded out onto a floating barge by means of a combination of the gripper jack system with the shipyard's existing roller skidding method. The hull was subsequently floated off in the dredging area and tugged into the dry dock.
TheWilpioneer, fully equipped for year round operation in harsh environments, is a GM4000 design rig, with a dynamic positioning system, accommodation unit, and ballasting system designed to support duties such as intervention and drilling in water depths of up to 2,500 ft (762 m).
Construction of theWilpioneer deckbox is progressing as scheduled at YRS and the mating is expected to take place before the end of the year, the company says.