The Sagar Vijay

The Sagar Vijay is a mid-water floater drill ship owned by the Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC). It was designed by Hitachi Zosen and built at Japan’s Skai Shipyard as part of the Pelican Class in 1985.

Spanning a length of just under 479 feet and a breadth of 80 feet, the Sagar Vijay possesses a gross tonnage of 11,104 and a deadweight of 9,239 tons. The maximum water depth it can used in is 2,950 feet and the deepest it can drill is 20,000 feet.

In 1996, the Sagar Vijay sustained damage from a cyclone, resulting in a 16-month repair that cost approximately $16.5 million. In 2006, more upgrades on the Sagar Vijay were completed at the Cochin Shipyard in Kochi, India, which allowed the ship to have state-of-the-art technology for top drive systems installed. To accomplish this particular aspect of the refurbishment, roughly 25 feet was added to the ship’s derrick.

Also, nearly 5,000 feet of piping and 200 tons of steel were replaced. New items installed included an ARPA radar, an automatic ID system, a casing tong, a cement mixer that re-circulates and an iron roughneck.

Finally, upgrades were handled for refrigeration, drilling instrumentation and air conditioning. All of these improvements went under review of both the American Bureau of Shipping and many of the top architects in naval shipping gave their okay to put the ship back into operation.

Currently based in India, the Sagar Vijay has been managed since 2010 by the Shipping Corporation of India. Despite those upgrades, ONGC faced criticism in the wake of an anchor from the ship snapping. That controversy began after a subsequent ship suffered the same fate. In the latter instance, drifting by that ship caused the well that had been drilled to be shut down.