Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) subsidiary, Dockwise signed a contract with Statoil Petroleum AS to transport the heaviest and largest ever offshore oil platforms offshore oil platforms from Korean shipbuilders to the North Sea.
Both jack-up oil rigs, believed the biggest oil rig platforms ever built are going to be built by South Korean yard and planned to be shipped in the second half of 2016 and the second half of 2017 to Norway.
Dockwise is going to use 2 of its biggest Heavy Marine Transport ships to transport the jack-up rigs: the new White Marlin and its sister ship Blue Marlin, both scheduled to become in service in 2014.
One of the major criteria for the decision of Statoil Petroleum AS to award Dockwise with the contract was that both Heavy Marine Transport ships of Dockwise will be provided within the same timeframe.
Statoil Petroleum AS stated the new giant jack-up rigs are going to be deployed in Oseberg and Gullfaks to contribute in production drilling in the area. The new oil rig platforms are going to operate at 70-150 meter depths and they will be able to drill wells down to 10,000 meters. Dockwise spokesperson stated, both Cat-J jack-up rigs are tailor-made for operations in harsh environment for both surface- and subsea wells.