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Yantai Raffles primed for Schahin Mating

Yantai Raffles primed for Schahin Mating

Shaanghai: Yantai Raffles Shipyard has begun the final preparations for the mating of the 12,000 ton deckbox to the hull of the Schahin "SS Pantanal" Semi Submersible Drilling Rig using its 20,000 metric ton crane Taisun. The mating is due to take place next Friday, 25th September 2009.

"This will be the second commercial lift for Taisun and demonstrates the versatility of the concept by installing a deck box never designed to be lifted and of a different design to our previous lift," said General Manager of Taisun, Niels Haakman. "This will be another important step in confirming Taisun's proven technology and will build further confidence in the market place. We are looking forward to welcoming all invited guests to witness this major feat for Yantai Raffles Shipyard."

The Schahin "SS Pantanal" is the first of two Semi Submersible Drilling Rigs that Yantai Raffles has contracted to deliver to Schahin. The Friede & Goldman Millennium SA drilling Semi Submersible design is equipped for 2, 000m water depth with a DP2 positioning system and will be classed by ABS.

This also marks the first delivery of a project from Haiyang Raffles, a wholly owned subsidiary of Yantai Raffles Shipyard Limited established in April 2008.  Yantai Raffles' barge "Defu 2" has successfully loaded out the deckbox of the Schahin "SS Patanal" that was constructed at Haiyang Raffles and transported it to Yantai Raffles' shipyard in Yantai for the mating process without incident.  [17/09/09]