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Member News13th Feb 2023

Giant rig docks at Aberdeen

The Noble Innovator jack-up rig (see image below) became the largest ever vessel to visit Port of Aberdeen when it docked February 11, the port said. It will stay at the newly expanded £400mn South Harbour for several months’ maintenance before heading off to decommission BP-operated rigs in the central North Sea.

Work will include painting the rig with the new owner’s name. Its legs are 200 m high.

Noble Corporation said: “We are excited that the new South Harbour facilities have made it possible for one of our rigs to visit Aberdeen for the first time ever.”

The Port of Aberdeen said: “South Harbour’s tidally unrestricted deepwater berths, extensive laydown space and heavy lift capacity make Aberdeen an attractive option for larger vessels.”

Image ©MEDVIND/Bent Sørensen