Aqualis Offshore to oversee transport of North Sea Mariner jackup

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OSLO, Norway Noble Corp. has contracted Aqualis Offshore to oversee the load-on, transportation, and load-off operations of the first journey of the jackup Noble Lloyd Noble.

The company’s Singapore office will provide the marine warranty services for the rig move. It will ride with the ship for the first leg of the journey from Singapore to Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

The rig’s ultimate destination is Statoil’s Mariner field development in the UK North Sea. The contract value was undisclosed.

Sembcorp Marine, which built the Noble Lloyd Noble, claims it is the world’s largest jackup rig. It is based on the GustoMSC CJ70 design as well as Statoil’s “Category J” specifications.

The rig has an operational air gap of 69 m (226 ft) and is capable of operating in a water depth of up to 150 m (500 ft) in harsh environmental conditions. It boasts a maximum total drilling depth capacity of 10,000 m (approximately 33,000 ft).

Phil Lenox, director – Asia Pacific, Aqualis Offshore, said: “To be trusted with this project underlines the position we have managed to build up in the global marine warranty services market over the past few years. It is a great project to be involved in and we will do our part to ensure the journey goes according to plan.”


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Aqualis Offshore will ride with the ship for the first leg of the Noble Lloyd Noble's journey from Singapore to Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (Photo courtesy Aqualis Offshore)

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