Inocean develops Arctic drillship designVessel & ROV News // March 4, 2013
Inocean has developed an Arctic drillship based on the company's INO-80 concept. The new unit has been named IN-ICE.
The ship is completely enclosed and winterized, is environmentally friendly, and has enhanced logistics/storage facilities. The ice class is for a substantially extended drilling season for a large part of the Arctic – with a PC-4 ice class.
"This gives us the opportunity to keep a conventional bow for operations in rough open water wave conditions, as well as to implement a moderate stern for aft-way operations in managed ice," said Jørgen Jorde, Project Manager for Inocean.
"We envisage the stern more optimized for avoiding ice into the moonpool than for icebreaking," he said. Positioning will be done through 'thruster assisted turret mooring' in the shallow parts of the operational area, and by DP in the deeper parts, Mr Jorde said.