The largest semi-submersible drilling rig in the world is once again due to be passing through the Minch next week (Monday February 25thonwards) as she leaves the port of Kishorn after re-fitting work.

Ocean Greatwhite will be visible as she heads north for her new location in the North Sea, where she’s expected to be in position and ready to start work by the end of March.

She’s created quite a stir both at Kishorn Port itself and during her travels from Singapore, via the Canary Islands, to the yard at Kishorn, where she was the first major contract of a new era for Kishorn. Owned by Diamond Offshore, a global offshore drilling contractor, the Ocean GreatWhite weighs in at 60,800 tonnes and is a 6th generation harsh environment drilling rig, capable of drilling down to 10,000m in 3,000m of water.

She toured Lewis and Harris on her way to the yard in December and was anchored mid-Minch for over a week, close to Loch Broom and providing a spectacle for ferry passengers on the Stornoway Ullapool route.

Yesterday (Saturday February 23rd) the yard hosted an open day with tours to allow closer views of the giant rig, with work completed and departure expected tomorrow (Monday 25th).

The picture shows Ocean GreatWhite at Kishorn during work in January (image credit, HeliPeP).