China's First Deep-Water Semi-Submersible Drilling Platform "COSLPioneer" Completes Sea Trial|
On 12 Sep 2010, COSL Pioneer, a asemi-submersible platform built by CIMC Raffles for COSL finished sea trial and return to our company successfully. Mr. Yu Ya, Chairman, Mr. Brian Chang, CEO, Mr. Lever Ding, Assistant CEO, Ms Wang Jinghua, VP, Mr. Jiang Jun, VP, Mr. Stephen Pan, VP, Mr. Karl Petter, Project Manager, Yantai Area, COSL Drilling Europe, and management from CIMC Raffles and representatives from owners, class, vendors welcomed the sea trial crew at the deep water wharf and held a solemn welcoming ceremony.
At 13:00 in the afternoon, the sea looks calm and smooth. COSL PIONEER entered navigation channel. Schahin H200 and COSL Pioneer blew whistles to each other. One hour later, COSL PIONEER moored on the wharf. People on shore waved greetings to the people on the platform and gave them thunderous applauses. Amid deafening applause, people on the platform went ashore in succession. Top management from CIMC Raffles, representatives from owner and class shook hands with sea trial crew and gave them warm hugs.
At the following ceremony, Mr. Brian Chang, Mr. Karl Petter, Mr. Yan Yongjun, Mr. Shao Yongqiang and Mr. Thomas Lo gave passionate speeches. They all noted that with the joint efforts of about 200 people involved in sea trial, we finished commissioning and test of over 31 systems, including thrusters, DP, echo system, communication system, alarm system, mooring system, etc. Mr. Rune Forselv, COSL PIONEER Commissioning Manager thought that the commissioning level of CIMC Raffles is equal to Korea and Singapore shipyard.
The successful sea trial means the count down of delivery. The "COSLPioneer" is the first deep water semi-submersible drilling platform constructed in China. As a 6th generation platform equipped with state-of-the-art drilling and dynamic positioning (DP3) systems, it is one of the most advanced platforms built in China. "COSLPioneer" is classed by DNV and has an overall length of 104.5 metres, overall width of 65 metres and an overall depth of 36.85 metres. It has a design draught of 9.5 - 17.75 metres and a displacement of 27,331 - 36,402 tonnes. The platform has a design life of 20 years and can accommodate up to 120 personnel. Compared to other similar platforms, the "COSLPioneer" is highly automated and provides a conducive and safe working environment for its crew. "COSLPioneer" was designed and constructed in accordance to the requirements stipulated by the Norwegian Petroleum Safety Administration (PSA), and can be deployed in the North Sea as well as other regions in the world.