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The lower rig base of Polyarnaya Zvezda delivered to Korea

June 24, 2010

On June 20, the lower rig base of the semi-submersible drilling rig Polyarnaya Zvezda was delivered to the shipyard of Samsung Heavy Industry in South Korea. The transportation over the Baltic Sea, with a pass through the North Sea, and after along the European coastal area through the English Channel, Bay of Biscay and with a pass through the Strait of Gibraltar, Mediterranean Sea and Suez Canal and pass to the Red Sea and Indian Ocean took 42 days.

Another unique working operation is waiting its turn – integration of the upper and lower bases. It will be performed by Vyborg shipbuilders in cooperation with Korean and Dutch contractors. The integration work process is as follows: the lower base will be submersed so as the vessel with the upper base could call. Then the transporting vessel will go away and the lower base will resurface. This is the way to perform a mating. The integration is to begin on July 1 and will take 10-14 days.

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