Yavuz (drillship)

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History
Flag of Turkey.svgTurkey
Name:
  • Yavuz
  • Deepsea Metro I (2011–2019)
Namesake: Selim I, known as yavuz, "the resolute"
Owner:
Operator:
Builder: Ulsan Shipyard, Hyundai Heavy Industries, Ulsan, South Korea
Launched: July 2011
Identification:
Status: In active service
General characteristics
Tonnage:
Length: 229.19 m (751.9 ft)
Beam: 36 m (118 ft)
Draft: 14.7 m (48 ft)
Speed:
  • 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]

Name[edit]

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.

History[edit]

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]

Characteristics[edit]

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)

References[edit]

  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.