Hai Yang Shi You 981

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Name: Hai Yang Shi You 981
Owner: China National Offshore Oil Corporation
Operator: China National Offshore Oil Corporation
Builder: Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co., Ltd
Cost: 6 billion renminbi
Launched: 26 February 2010
Maiden voyage: 26 May 2011
Status: in active service
General characteristics
Displacement: 30,670 tons
Length: 114 metres
Beam: 90 metres
Speed: 8 knots
Crew: 160

Hai Yang Shi You 981 (Chinese: 海洋石油981; pinyin: Hǎiyáng shíyóu 981, also known as Ocean Oil 981, Ocean Petroleum 981, HD-981) is a semi-submersible oil platform owned and operated by the China National Offshore Oil Corporation.

The rig began operation on May 9, 2012 in the South China Sea, 320 km southeast of Hong Kong, at a depth of 1,500 m. On May 2, 2014, the platform was moved near to the Paracel islands,[1] a move Vietnam stated violated their territorial claims[2] while Chinese officials said was legal[3] as it falls within surrounding waters of the Paracel Islands which China militarily controls.

Since the dominion of its location is claimed by both China and Vietnam, this raised a storm of protest in Vietnam.

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  1. ^ "Not the usual drill". Singapore: The Economist. May 10, 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  2. ^ "Vietnam says China's oil rig movement into Sth China Sea is "illegal"". Reuters. 
  3. ^ Zhu, Ningzhu (2014-05-07). "China urges against Vietnamese interference in territorial water exploration". Xinhuanet. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 

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