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    Bingo 9000-1 departs

    Vessel & ROV News // May 18, 2001
    Friede Goldman Halter (FGH) has announced the departure of the Leiv Eiriksson, the first of two fifth-generation deepwater semi-submersible drilling units under construction by Friede Goldman Offshore for the Norwegian company Ocean Rig ASA.

    The Leiv Eiriksson and the Eirik Raude are the largest and most complex rigs ever built in the US. They are designed to drill to 30,000ft below the seafloor in water depths of up to 7,500ft and to drill even in Force 8 gales and while experiencing 40ft waves.

    At the time of writing, the unit was being towed from Friede Goldman Offshore's Pascagoula facility to undergo final outfitting, including the installation of the dynamic positioning thruster system.

    The second semi-submersible, the Eirik Raude, is still under construction and is expected to leave the Pascagoula yard by the end of the year.

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