Yavuz (drillship)

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  • Yavuz
  • Deepsea Metro I (2011–2019)
Namesake: Selim I, known as yavuz, "the resolute"
Builder: Ulsan Shipyard, Hyundai Heavy Industries, Ulsan, South Korea
Launched: July 2011
Status: In active service
General characteristics
Length: 229.19 m (751.9 ft)
Beam: 36 m (118 ft)
Draft: 14.7 m (48 ft)
  • 8.6 kn (15.9 km/h; 9.9 mph) (max.)
  • 4.5 kn (8.3 km/h; 5.2 mph) (service)
Armament: None

Yavuz, ex Deepsea Metro I, is a Turkey-flagged ultra deepwater drillship owned and operated by the state-owned Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO). She is Turkey's second drillship.[1][2][3][4]


Yavuz means "Resolute" in Turkish.

The three drillships of the state-owned Turkish gas company, Fatih, Yavuz and Kanuni, are named after the most famous conquerors and rulers of the Ottoman Empire: Mehmed I, Turkish: Fatih Sultan Mehmet, Mehmed the Conqueror, who conquered Constantinople in 1453; Selim I (r. 1512-1520), known as Selim the Resolute, Turkish: Yavuz Sultan Selim, who hugely expanded his empire; and Suleiman the Magnificent (r. 1520-1566), known in Turkish as Kanunî Sultan Süleyman ("the Lawgiver"), under whom the empire reached its apex.


The ship was designed by GustoMSC and built by the Hyundai Heavy Industries, Ulsan at Ulsan Shipyard in South Korea in July 2011, and christened Deepsea Metro I.[5][6][7]

Flagged Bermuda (2011-2018) and the Marshall Islands (2018-2019),[8][7] the drillship was owned by Golden Close Maritime Corp.,[3] and operated by Odfjell Drilling. She served off Tanzania (2012-2014) and Kenya (2014) until the end of 2014, off Vietnam (2015-2017) and Philippines (2017).[9] In May 2017, it became idle and was warm stacked in Malaysia waiting for a new contract.[3][5][6]

The ship was purchased in October 2018 by the state-owned company Türkiye Petrolleri Anonim Ortaklığı (TPAO) at a price of US$262.5 million.[1][5] She sailed off Port of Algeciras in Spain, and arrived in the Marmara Sea on 22 February 2019.[1] It was reported that the ship was named Yavuz, and will start drilling operations in the Mediterranean Sea,[2] right after the completion of maintenance and renovation works off Yalova. It is the second of three drillships purchased by Turkey, after Fatih, ex Deepsea Metro II, and before Kanuni.[1][5][4]


The deepwater drillship is 229.19 m (751.9 ft) long and has a beam of 36 m (118 ft) and a draft of 14.7 m (48 ft). Assessed at 51,283 GT and 38,000 DWT, she has a max. speed of 8.6 kn (15.9 km/h; 9.9 mph) and 4.5 kn (8.3 km/h; 5.2 mph) in service.[8][7] The vessel is able to carry out drilling at a sea depth up to 10,000 ft (3,000 m).[1][3]

Ship registry[edit]

  • ex Deepsea Metro I Bahama-flagged (July 2011 - October 2018)
  • ex Deepsea Metro I Marshall Islands-flagged (December 2018 - March 2019)[7]

See also[edit]

  • Fatih (ex Deepsea Metro II), sister ship and Turkey's first drillship (2017)
  • Kanuni (ex 'Sertao), Turkey's third drillship (2020)


  1. ^ a b c d e "Turkey's second drillship passes through Çanakkale Strait". Daily Sabah. 23 February 2019. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Turkey's second vessel to start drilling in Mediterranean, Erdoğan says". Ahval News. 2 March 2019. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d "Ultra-Deepwater Dr,llship Deepsea Metro I Sold To Rurkey". Energy Global News. 26 October 2018. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Turkey's 3rd drillship, Kanuni, arrives from UK". Daily Sabah. 15 March 2020. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  5. ^ a b c d Shinn, David Carter (24 October 2018). "Bassoe: Ultra deepwater drillship Deepsea Metro I sold for $262.5 M". Offshore Energy Today. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Rig: Deepsea Metro I". Infield Rigs. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  7. ^ a b c d "Deepsea Metro I". Fleet Mon. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Deersea Metro I". Maritime Traffic. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Deepsea Metro I wins another drilling contract". Odfjell Drilling. 23 March 2017. Retrieved 3 March 2019.