Turkey’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Fatih Donmez said that the Abdulhamid Khan drilling ship will be launched today, Tuesday, to explore for oil and natural gas in the Mediterranean Sea.
Donmez explained on Twitter that the Abdul Hamid Khan vessel is the fourth Turkish oil and gas exploration vessel.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to say goodbye to the ship “Abdul Hamid Khan” during its first reconnaissance sail from a port in the Turkish state of Mersin overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
The vessel is 238 meters long and 42 meters wide, equipped with a double security system and will strengthen Turkey’s hydrocarbon exploration efforts.
On board the ship, which is capable of drilling to a depth of 12,200 meters, there will be a crew of 200 people.