Rig: Deepsea Yantai

Name Deepsea Yantai
Owner Bluewhale Offshore
Manager Odfjell Drilling
Rig Type Semisub
Sub Type Midwater Floater
Jackup Type --
Max Water Depth (ft) 3937
Max Drill Depth (ft) 26250
Dimensions (ft) 350 x 239.8 x 137.7
Leg Length (ft) --
Competitive Yes

Current Location

Country Norway
Region NWECS

Drilling Equipment

Drawworks Type National Oilwell Varco
Drawworks HP 4600
Mud Pumps Type National Oilwell Varco
Top Drive National Oilwell Varco
Hookload Capacity (lbs) 1500000

Rig Construction Details

Rig Design Global Maritime
Rig Model GM-4D
Year Built 2019
Country of Build China (PRC)
Yard Name Yantai CIMC Raffles
Group Yard Name Yantai CIMC Raffles Offshore Ltd.

Rig Contract Details

Operating Status Operational
Operator Neptune Energy


10 Nov 2014

CIMC has Keel Laying Ceremony for Beacon Atlantic

On the 7th Nov.2014, the keel laying ceremony for GM4-D Beacon Atlantic, the 9th semisubmersible drilling rig to be built by CIMC Raffles, was held in Yantai CIMC Construction Base. The president of CIMC Raffles Mr. Yu Ya and related shipowners and surveyors witnessed this milestone. The keel laying ceremony remarked the commencement of block erection of the project. Beacon Atlantic is the 6th semisubmersible drilling rig of GM Series CIMC Raffles designed and built. CIMC Raffles owns its 80% IRP. The Beacon Atlantic is the sister rig of the North Dragon, which is also under construction at CIMC Raffles shipyard in China.

19 Jun 2014

CIMC Raffles begins construction of 'Beacon Atlantic'

Chinese semi-submersible rig specialist CIMC Raffles (CIMC) has kicked off construction of a deep-water unit destined for operation in Norway’s North Sea and other challenging regions such as the Arctic and Barents Sea. The ‘Beacon Atlantic’, which is being built for Norway’s North Sea Rigs to the GM4-D design, will be capable of operating in water depths of 500 metres with drilling depth up to 8000 metres. Construction started on Wednesday. Classed by classification society DNV GL, the rig is equipped with a DP3 system and drilling package provided by NOV will be built to the Norsok standards, while meeting the requirement set by the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway and the Norwegian Maritime Directorate. The unit, which is the sixth of its kind CIMC will have built for operation in Norway’s North Sea, is scheduled for delivery in 2016. ‘Beacon Atlantic’ is the second GM4-D design semisub contracted by CIMC after the first unit, ‘North Dragon’, which is already being built. North Sea Rigs is managing both rigs on behalf of the owners.

15 Jan 2014

CIMC Raffles secures newbuild harsh environment semisub contract

Yantai CIMC Raffles Offshore Limited (CIMC Raffles) has announced that the shipyard has been awarded a newbuild contract for a harsh environment ice class semisub drilling unit. The new drilling rig will be built to Global Maritime’s GM4-D rig design as it targets securing a contract in the North, Arctic or Barents Sea. The rig has been ordered by Beacon Holdings Group Ltd (Beacon) and construction of the unit will be managed by North Sea Rigs AS, the same company that placed the existing GM4-D rig order at CIMC Raffles for the ‘North Dragon’ semisub. Beacon’s semisub will be named the ‘Beacon Atlantic’ and is expected to be delivered by the shipyard in Q4 2016.

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