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Turkey's 3rd drillship starts activies in Mediterranean

The vessel can extend to a depth of 11,400 meters and drill 3,000 meters underneath.
16.03.2020 - 09:25

Turkey's third drillship arrived in Tasucu, Mersin, a coastal city in the Mediterranean region of the country on Sunday, the country's energy minister said.


Fatih Donmez said that the Turkish Petroleum Corporation took the ship into its inventory on Jan. 31 and it set off from the UK.

"We named our 3rd drillship Kanuni. After 18 days of voyage, our ship entered Turkey's Mediterranean coastal waters on March 13. Kanuni arrived Tasucu, Mersin this morning," he said.

Donmez said that entry to and exit from the ship will be forbidden as part of measures against the coronavirus pandemic. "The ship arrived in Turkey with 35 personnel of the Turkish Petroleum Corporation. After the relevant procedure related to COVID-19 is completed, the maintenance, update and development for Kanuni will start," he said. "The ship will start drilling as soon as it is ready," Donmez added.

Turkey is currently exploring the Eastern Mediterranean with two drilling vessels Fatih and Yavuz, along with Oruc Reis and Barbaros Hayrettin Pasa seismic vessels in the same region.