The Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) announced on October 15 that it won a US$1.24 billion order to build two edging-cut drill ships from an African contractor.
DSME did not reveal the name of the contractor.
The ship model to be built is known as a DSME e-Smart, which has been developed by DSME and is capable to drill up to 12Km down in a maximum 3.6Km deep sea.
One official from DSME said, “The price of the drill ships, to be equipped with the best specifications in function and safety, amounts to around US$620 million.”
DSME shall deliver the offshore drilling vessels by the end of 2015. The company has received orders of six drill ships and obtained around US$11.26 billion orders for container ships and offshore plants so far this year, already surpassing its annual order target of US$13 billion.