Belford Dolphin

Design: Navis Class Type: Drillship
Name: Belford Dolphin Owner: Dolphin Drilling
Year built: 2000 Yard / no: Samsung Heavy Industries / 1256
Length over all: 205.0 m Beam: 40.0 m
Depth: 19.5 m Speed: 10 knots
Scope of work: Basic design of hull. Topside design: Hitec


Belford Dolphin (ex. Navis Explorer 1) is an ultra deep water drillship designed for operations in harsh environment. The vessel has DP3 and excellent motion characteristics due to innovative moonpool and bilge keel design. It was delivered in 2000 as building no. 1256 by Samsung Heavy Industries, South Korea.


  • Operating in harsh environment
  • Dynamic positioned
  • Excellent motion characteristics
  • Drilling in water depths up to 3000 m
  • Well testing


  • Variable deck load: 15 000 t


DNV +1A1, Drilling Vessel, Oil Storage Vessel (N), Drill (N), Stern Discharge, HELDK SH, E0, DYNPOS AUTRO, ICS, LCS, F-M, CRANE