Milestone reached: bow section installed

Steel cutting on Vessel 4 has now been performed on what was a cold day in the minus figures.

This was performed by the Deputy Ste Manager, Lars Bo Moller and all went well so currently we have all four vessels under construction.

Over the last week there have been several flurries of snow which to some in the team was their first time to see in real life, which prompted many video clips to be taken.

Over the last week there have been several flurries of snow which to some in the team was their first time to see in real life, which prompted many video clips to be taken.

The speed and manner that the vessels are produced here in Korea never ceases to amaze us all. In the dry dock we now have a vessel (Number 1) taking very good shape.

The main hull recently had the bow section installed and that was a milestone in itself being the last mega block for vessel 1, which was quickly followed by the addition of the accommodation module then mud module and subsea modules, so in all the shape is coming together quite fast. As seen in the pictures below it is turning into a fine drillship.

One thing you should notice here on the pictures is the date and time. It then gives an idea as to the speed that the modules which are previously erected are transferred and located on the vessel once the cranes get into action. There will still be some outfitting still inside the main shells of the modules to complete.

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From the safety side of things there has been new safety courses for the newer members who underwent confined space operational and rescue techniques. Gas / oxygen monitoring device training is as always important in the shipyard which was recently very effective in a few of the crew finding items of concern which was also due to the training. All was dealt with quickly and directly with the shipyard. Goes to show the importance of all the valuable training and communication between all parties.

Korean language courses are also in the forefront with many site team and families attending and learning Korean, albeit very slowly but it is a very interesting and good thing to try to learn with help from Korean site team members.

On the derrick fabrication site as seen in the picture there are the two sections which are being outfitted with the platform supports and cable tray runs which is becoming a generally familiar shape even though it is still in two sections. The water table and windwalls will soon be installed on this the first derrick.

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Christmas dinner was held recently where all site team and families enjoyed a wonderful night late into the small hours. As the evening went on there were many stories on the current projects and the future builds that will compliment the Maersk Drilling fleet. Never a dull moment throughout.

With that in mind it is worth remembering to Stay focused and always communicate to each other. Makes things go safe and smooth.

Have a good Christmas when it comes.

More to follow: Stay Tuned.

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