The Deep-sea Scientific Drilling Vessel CHIKYU

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What are the construction details of this large scientific research vessel, D/V Chikyu?

  • Keel-laying ceremony

    (Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding Co., Ltd, Tamano, Okayama, Japan)

  • Set up the moon pool and engine room.

  • Set up the No.1 azimuth thruster.

  • Hull section almost complete.

  • Assemble the accommodation and laboratory modules on the hull.

  • Naming and Launching ceremony

  • Bridge navigation systems installed.

  • First Sea Trails

    (Equipment and systems adjustments and operation checks).

  • Second Sea Trials (Performance test confirmation).

  • Third Sea Trials (DPS test)

  • Moves to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., Nagasaki shipyard for equipment installation.

  • Drill floor winch and deck cranes installed.

  • Derrick installed.

  • Blow-out preventer (BOP) installed.

  • Final pre-completion sea trials.

  • Completion and delivery.

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