HOUSTON – Cosco (Dalian) Shipyard Co. Ltd. has awarded a contract to Inocean to develop and produce a basic design for a new compact, ultra-deepwater drillship. The design is being introduced for the first time in Houston at the Offshore Technology Conference.
The design, tagged INO-80, is dynamically positioned with a large, free deck space designed for year-around operations.
“Cosco and Inocean have during the years worked closely in several projects including heavy-lift vessels, FPSOs, and drillships,” said Jon Erik Borgen, CEO of Inocean AS. “The approach will be the same for INO-80, where Inocean will contribute with its high-end engineering and design expertise, and Cosco with its strong execution ability. Depending upon the response from the market, we believe the first unit will be delivered in 1Q 2014.”
Cosco, Inocean reveal new drillship design