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With a threatening typhoon looming, a semisubmersible accommodation unit under construction at Chinese shipbuilder COSCO’s Qidong offshore-focused shipyard saw all six of its thrusters installed in record time.
According to the builder, the thrusters’ installation process was completed in a mere 52 hours, breaking COSCO’s previous record of 72 hours for offshore thruster installation.
The unit, being built for the Mexican buyer Cotemar, was towed to anchorage at 2 a.m. on July 3 after very thorough preparation, and by 11 a.m., the unit was ready for the first thruster to be installed.
Despite “huge and frequent waves” ahead of the imminent typhoon Chan-hom, COSCO said the installation team was able to install all six thrusters by 3 p.m. on July 5, smashing the 72-hour record set on its sister unit.
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