Turkey has acquired another 4th drilling vessel, Anatoli said, which it says is “expected to sail to the Eastern Mediterranean” but did not specify where.
“The ship, which started its voyage from South Korea on March 7, will stay in the port of Mersin for about two months in preparation for its first drilling exercise in the Eastern Mediterranean.”
According to Anadolu, this is a seventh-generation deep-sea drilling rig that is “one level better” than the other three ships in the Turkish fleet – Fatih, Qanuni and Yavuz (pictured).
According to the Turkish agency, the vessel is capable of drilling to a depth of 12,200 meters, has a length of 238 meters and a width of 42 meters, is equipped with seventh-generation advanced technology and has a crew of 200 people.
The ship also has an active positioning system and is currently named “Cobalt Explorer” but will be renamed.
Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Fatih Donmez tweeted: “Our fourth drilling vessel is in Turkey… After a two-month preparation period in the port of Tasuku, our vessel will begin its first drilling. Through the prayers of our people and our later employees, he will become an anchor for more good news.”
Dördüncü Sondaj Gemimiz Türkiye’de…🇹🇷
Taşucu Limanı’nda 2 aylık bir hazırlık sürecinin ardından gemimiz ilk sondajına başlayacak.🚢
Milletimizin duası ve çalışanlarımızın alın teriyle yeni müjdeler için demir alacak.⚓️ pic.twitter.com/Z3KBpzs4Gm
— Fatih Donmez (@fatih_donmez) May 19, 2022