ABS to class newbuild semisubmersible, liftboat

Offshore staff

HOUSTON – Baoham Offshore (HK) Ltd. has selected ABS to provide classification services for a newbuild drilling semisubmersible and a liftboat in China. 

The GM-4E mid-water semisubmersible drilling unit will have both an eight-point mooring system and Class 3 dynamic positioning and will feature a variable deck load that exceeds 4,000 metric tons. The GM-J1450 has a water depth capability of 80 m (260 ft) and will be equipped with a 400-metric ton deck crane.

According to Baoham Offshore General Manager Xu Jun, the company's goal is to be a first mover in China. “We are not building on speculation. On top of our first 300-ft harsh-environment ABS-classed liftboat (GM-J1000) already under construction, the addition of these units extends our ambition of building a flexible fleet,” he says. “We believe partnering with ABS will strengthen the foundation we are creating to build our fleet development program.”

Singaporean engineering house Gulf Offshore will carry out detail engineering and production design. The liftboat will be built at the PaxOcean yard in Zhoushan, China. A yard has not been selected for the semisubmersible unit.

Hydraquip Custom Systems Inc. will provide the jacking system for the liftboat, while Gulf Offshore Pte Ltd. will provide detail engineering and production design.


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