Lifting, Accommodation Rig Finishes Sea Trial

CIMC Raffles deepwater semisubmersible lifting and accommodate rig SSCV#2 successfully completed its seal trial, CIMC Raffles reported Thursday.

The sea trial took 16 days to complete, with all 36 tests and commissioning jobs completed. More than 200 engineers attended the sea trial. The rig also withstood the wind and surge from Typhoon Bolaven, which passed through the sea trial area, the company said in a statement.

SSCV#2 is part of CIMC Raffles' new generation of construction rigs, with capacity for heavy lifting, deck storage and accommodation.

The rig is 451 feet (137.5 meters) long, 265 feet (81 meters) wide, and 128 feet (39 meters) deep, has a variable deck load of 6,444 tons, and can accommodate up to 618 people. It also can handle 3,600 tons with both dual lifting cranes working together.

Construction on the rig began in September 2010.

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