Sembcorp Marine Delivers World’s First Eighth-Generation Drillship

The successful construction of the world’s highest specification drillship, based on the Group’s proprietary Jurong Espadon 3T design, attests to Sembcorp Marine’s continuous progress up the value chain and proven capabilities in providing leading-edge advanced drilling rigs solutions.

Singapore - 29 June 2022

Sembcorp Marine Ltd (the “Company”, together with its subsidiaries, the “Group”, or “Sembcorp Marine”) has successfully completed the delivery of the world’s first eighth-generation drillship, the Deepwater Atlas, for Transocean’s subsidiary Triton Atlas GmBH (“Transocean”).

The completion of Deepwater Atlas marks a key milestone in Sembcorp Marine’s offshore construction track record. The vessel’s successful delivery is a testament to the Group’s proven capabilities in providing innovative and pioneering solutions.

Deepwater Atlas is the first of two ultra-deepwater drillships based on the Group’s proprietary Jurong Espadon 3T design. The completed drillship features three-million-pound hook-load hoisting capacity and sets a new frontier for next generation drillships with its ability to accommodate well control systems for 20,000 psi (pounds per square inch) drilling and completion operations.

Capable of operating at 12,000 feet water depth and drilling to depths of 40,000 feet, Deepwater Atlas represents a breakthrough in the industry with leading-edge capabilities for enhanced operational safety, efficiency and performance. With capacity to accommodate a crew of 220, the drillship is designed and equipped to optimise fuel consumption and lower emissions to support the industry’s commitment to a reduction in carbon footprint.

Sembcorp Marine Head of Rigs and Floaters Mr William Gu said, “We are very pleased to achieve the delivery of Deepwater Atlas and to set many record firsts in the process. It gives us great pride to have designed and built for Transocean, the world’s first eighth-generation drillship of the highest industry specification, complete with a three-million-pound hook-load and breakthrough capabilities for 20,000 psi drilling operations.”

Mr Wong Weng Sun, Sembcorp Marine President & CEO, said, “Sembcorp Marine’s continuous investments in innovation and technology development over the years have enabled the Group to move up the value chain to develop industry-leading designs and solutions. We are very pleased to partner Transocean to raise the bar for the design and build of the next generation ultra-deepwater drillships.”


Deepwater Atlas - the world’s first eighth-generation drillship - is the first of two state-of-the-art drillships built for Transocean based on a proprietary design developed by Sembcorp Marine. (Photo: Transocean, all Rights reserved)


Key representatives of Transocean and Sembcorp Marine commemorating the successful delivery of Deepwater Atlas (Photo: SCM, all Rights reserved)

About Sembcorp Marine
Sembcorp Marine Ltd provides innovative engineering solutions to the global offshore, marine and energy industries. Headquartered in Singapore, the Group has close to 60 years of track record in the design and construction of rigs, floaters, offshore platforms and specialised vessels, as well as in the repair, upgrading and conversion of different ship types. Sembcorp Marine’s solutions focus on the following areas: Renewables, Process, Gas, Ocean Living and Advanced Drilling Rigs.

Sembcorp Marine’s customers include major energy companies, owners of floating production units, shipping companies and cruise and ferry operators. They are supported by four commercial units: Rigs & Floaters; Repairs & Upgrades; Offshore Platforms and Specialised Shipbuilding.

Sembcorp Marine operates shipyards and other facilities in Singapore, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Norway and Brazil. Discover more at www.sembmarine.com.

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