Fossil Energy – Turkey
The latest drilling ship acquired last year is due to arrive in Turkey as soon as next week, according to information from international shipping data.
The vessel will be the fourth drillship to join Turkey’s fleet consisting of Fatih, Kanuni and Yavuz, all acquired in recent years.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced the purchase of the latest ship in November.
The vessel is expected to arrive at the Taşucu Port of the Mediterranean province of Mersin on May 19, according to the shipping data.
Equipped with seventh-generation advanced technology and capable of operating in harsh sea conditions and even in high-pressure reservoirs, the drillship is expected to start its exploration activities this summer in a drilling task in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Operated by the state energy company Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO), the ship can operate at a maximum depth of 3,665 meters (12,024 feet).
The 238-meter-long and 42-meter-wide vessel weighs 68,000 gross tons and has a maximum drilling depth of 12,200 meters. It has a tower height of 104 meters and a crew capacity of 200.
The ship is currently called Cobalt Explorer but will be renamed. Having started its journey from the Okpo Port in South Korea on March 7, the vessel is currently off the Algerian coast.