Cosco, Inocean reveal new drillship design

Offshore staff

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.”


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