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Stena Carron drill ship from Cromarty Harbour

Stena Carron drill ship from Cromarty Harbour

Date Added: 04 November 2008 Contributor: Colin Dunn Year: 2008 Picture No: 2259

Lit up like this, it's no surprise that the Stena Carron requires huge amounts of power, which comes from its six Wärtsilä 32 16-cylinder diesel engines. The engines have a combined power of over 40mw.

The Stena Carron is the world's largest drill ship, with a displacement of 97,000 tonnes, an overall length of 228m and breadth of 42m, it is capable of drilling to a depth of 11,000m. It was built by Samsung Heavy Industries Co Ltd in Korea, and has been designed to operate in harsh environments such as the Norwegian and Barents Seas.

(Orginally posted under the name Stenna Drill Max, rather than the Stenna Carron).

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Ah! My eyes! Thats so bright! You should put it on here Comment left on 01 December 2008 at 16:16 by An innocent victim of more filthy light
What a stunning photograph! It's way better than all the London Christmas Lights! Comment left on 01 December 2008 at 17:30 by Vivienne Griffiths
This was a handy set of lights when I was walking up the road home to Navity one night off the last bus. Home light all the way up to the wood and beyond. Just as well as I'd forgotten my torch. Comment left on 01 December 2008 at 23:44 by Flora
Flora You are very brave walking on your own at night. Its certainly not safe here [Manchester] absolutely no female does it. That's possibly why we are all out of condition no exercise. We drive everywhere Take care out there Comment left on 03 December 2008 at 23:02 by Mary MacKay now Tomlinson Harrison
The worst thing I would encounter would be an irate cattle beast or a sheep or the odd deer or wildcat or badger think that covers all the wildlife up my way oops forgot the pinemartin. I always have my mobile on me as well so I wouldnt be stuck thanks for the concern Mary. Comment left on 04 December 2008 at 17:11 by Flora
Just for the records, the name of this vessel painted on bows and stern when in the Cromarty Firth was Stena Carron, Stena DrillMAX painted on the sides is a reference to the class of vessel, of which there are several. Comment left on 23 December 2008 at 23:20 by Ron Stewart
I've changed the references from the Stenna Drill Max to the Stenna Carron. Comment left on 28 December 2008 at 22:37 by Calum Davidson
What water depth has she drilled in? I worked on the Discoverer Seven Seas in the late 1970's and when I left we had just drilled in over 6000ft of water off the Grand Banks, Newfoundland. Comment left on 13 October 2011 at 12:24 by David John Williams
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