Our Maritime Business Magazines


Sembcorp Marine delivers world’s first eighth-generation drillship

Sembcorp MarineSembcorp Marine has successfully completed the delivery of the world’s first eighth-generation drillship, the Deepwater Atlas, for Transocean’s subsidiary Triton Atlas. 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 company’s proprietary Jurong Espadon 3T design. The completed drillship features 1.4kg million hook-load hoisting capacity and sets a new frontier for next generation drillships with its ability to accommodate well control systems for 20,000psi drilling and completion operations. Capable of operating at 3,700m water depth and drilling to depths of 12,200m, 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 says, “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 20,000psi drilling operations.” Mr Wong Weng Sun, Sembcorp Marine President & CEO, adds, “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.”