Blackford Dolphin semi-submersible drilling rig has arrived in Belfast, Northern Ireland from Brazil, after a three-month journey. The rig will undergo maintenance and repair works at the Harland & Wolff yard.
The project will include upgrade work and repairs and renewals for its Class Renewal Survey. The project will be completed in H&W’s 556m x 93m Main Building Dock, starting November 2013 for approximately 50 days.
The Aker H-3 propulsion assisted semi-submersible rig underwent a major deep-water upgrade in 2006 to 2008. At that time, Harland and Wolff designed and built the new 130 man accommodation blocks, power generation module, mud room and additional buoyancy for the conversion.
According to Belfast Telegraph, 600 workers have been hired to work on the rig, which will, once the job is completed, move to North Sea where it will begin its next drilling contract with MPX and Capricorn, respectively.
Offshore Energy Today Staff, December 03, 2013