Yavuz hits technical difficulties

Drilling ship Yavuz (IMO 9503768) which is at the centre of a controversy between Cyprus and Turkey as to oil drilling rights, was reported to have faced severe technical problems over the past week.

During exploratory drillings in order to locate potential oil or natural gas reserves, it apparently experienced numerous sudden movements that prevented it from proceeding with the exploration. It was reported that the sudden and severe movements were probably caused by problems with the drill shaft.

The vessel started again with a new drilling attempt on October 21st.

2011-built, Turkey-flagged, 51,283 gt Yavuz is owned and managed by Turkiye Petrolleri of Ankara, Turkey. It is entered with Gard P&I (Bermuda) on behalf of Türkiye Petrolleri Anonim Ortakligi.