Semco Maritime revamps Island Innovator semi-sub

Island Innovator departing Semco Maritime’s yard

Norwegian project engineering company Semco Maritime has completed the upgrade project on the Island Innovator semi-submersible drilling rig. 

Semco said on Tuesday that the rig left the company’s yard at Hanøytangen on Friday, February 24.

The rig has been in the yard since September 2016. After various modification and service work, the rig will now mobilize to the Edvard Grieg field in the Norwegian part of the North Sea to work for Lundin Petroleum, drilling the 16/1-27 appraisal well for 30 to 35 days.

Semco agreed with rig owner Island Drilling Company and operator Odfjell Drilling to refurbish the rig back in February 2016.

According to the company, during the yard stay the 5-year SPS (Special Periodic Survey) classification has been performed on the rig. Also, an extensive air-gap project has been carried out, including blinding of 64 windows and watertight doors. The rig has also undergone contractual specific modification scopes.

The Island Innovator drilling rig is of a GM4000 type, delivered by the COSCO Shipyard in China in 2012. It is fitted with accommodation areas with one-man cabins for a 120-person crew. It was issued with an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) by the PSA in August 2013.

Nikolaj Vejlgaard, Vice President of Operations at Semco Maritime, said: “It has been a pleasure working together with the Island Drilling organization and the Odfjell project team. We are proud to have completed another rig upgrading project for a satisfied client and look forward to continuing the cooperation with Island Drilling and Odfjell.”

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