Newbuild Songa semi to get sponsons and blisters

MARCH 24, 2015 — Offshore drilling contractor Songa Offshore says that its cat D mid-water semi-submersible Songa Equinox went on sea trials as planned on March 19, 2015.

Prior to sea trial departure, the inclination test indicated a heavier than expected Light Unit Weight. This will mandate the installation of sponsons and blisters like those already installed on Songa Encourage and Songa Enabler.

The remedial work will be done in Korea by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) at the shipyard's cost.

This installation work will impact the delivery time by an estimated up to four weeks using cofferdams. The rig was originally scheduled for delivery mid-May.

"In close cooperation with our client Statoil, this additional time at the DSME yard will allow to carry out some of the work that was planned to take place in Norway on third party equipment," says Songa. "Overall, the mobilization and operational readiness are not expected to be materially impacted."

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