Chinese shipbuilder CIMC Raffles has started sea trials for the ultra-deepwater drilling rig Bluewhale II, following the completion of equipment testing.CIMC started sea trials of the rig over the weekend and they are expected to last for three weeks, the builder reported on Monday.Designed to operate in water depths of 3658 meters and drill to depths of up to 15,240 meters, the rig accommodates a dual activity drilling package.The Frigstad D90 design unit is equipped with a dynamic positioning 3 system. It is scheduled for delivery in the third quarter of this year.According to CIMC, the sister rig Bluewhale I has just finished drilling its first successful deep-water well for methane hydrate in the South China Sea. This rig was named and delivered in February.The two 7th generation ultra deepwater drilling units were initially ordered by Frigstad Deepwater Ltd, a company that was jointly owned by Frigstad Offshore Group and CIMC, until late last year Frigstad Offshore decided to exit from its investment in Frigstad Deepwater’s ordered newbuilds to position itself for the industry recovery.As a consequence of the exit, Frigstad Deepwater Ltd became a wholly owned subsidiary of CIMC and was renamed CIMC Bluewhale Rig Ltd, while the operational management of the rigs was taken over by Bluewhale Offshore, another subsidiary of CIMC.The two semi-submersible units ordered by Frigstad Deepwater, Frigstad Shekou and Frigstad Kristiansand, were then renamed Bluewhale I and Bluewhale II.Offshore Energy Today Staff
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Taxi driver Terrence Mc Donald of Lot 54 Bagots Street, Rosignol, West Coast Berbice became the latest road fatality yesterday when he lost control of the vehicle he was driving and crashed it into a lorry parked on the Dantzig public road at Mahaicony East Coast Demerara.The vehicle involved in the Berbice accidentSaulita Malikish, a female passenger, sustained severe injuries in that accident and is currently a patient in the Intensive Care Unit of the Georgetown Public Hospital; while 19-year-old Gary Wilson, 43-year-old Wilfred Wilson, and 28-year-old Steve James were all treated for minor injuries at the Mahaicony Cottage Hospital and sent away.Reports are that the car being driven by the 41-year-old Mc Donald with the four others as passengers was proceeding along the Dantzig Public Road at a fast rate; and as he negotiated a turn, he lost control of the vehicle and crashed it into a parked lorry.Mc Donald and Malikish were pulled from the wreckage in an unconscious state, and were rushed to the Mahaicony Cottage Hospital before being transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where they were admitted in the Intensive Care Unit. Mc Donald later succumbed to his injuries, while Malikish remains a patient at the medical facility.Deisa Mc Donald, a niece of the dead man, told Guyana Times that her uncle worked as a taxi operator ferrying persons from Georgetown to Rosignol. He left home at about 10:00h yesterday, and the family received information about the accident at about 13:00h. “The people at the Mahaicony Hospital called to say that my uncle was involved in an accident and he was at the hospital… His mother and other relatives were heading to the Mahaicony Hospital when they received a call to head straight to Georgetown, because he was transferred (to the GPHC),” she detailed.She noted that family members arrived at the GPHC to find her uncle being attended to by five doctors in the ICU, and he was slipping in and out of consciousness. At about 18:00h, relatives in Berbice received news of his death.Mc Donald had been working as a taxi driver for the past two years, prior to which he was involved in construction and masonry.The aggrieved niece remembered her uncle as a very loving and caring individual. He leaves to mourn his mother, wife, only daughter and other relatives.Police are continuing their investigations into this fatal accident.Meanwhile, Michael Simon, 59, of Amelia’s Ward, Linden died on Friday evening after he was struck by a sports car. The accident occurred at about 18:45h in the vicinity of Amelia’s Ward Highway. Reports are sketchy but Guyana Times was told that the driver is in Police custody assisting with investigation.