February 19, 2020 / 9:44 AM / 3 months ago

Erdogan says third Turkish drill ship to begin operations in 2020

FILE PHOTO: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of his ruling AK Party during a meeting at the Parliament in Ankara, Turkey, February 5, 2020. Presidential Press Office/Handout via REUTERS

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey has purchased its third offshore drilling ship which will arrive in Turkey next month, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, adding that the ship will begin operations in 2020.

Speaking to lawmakers from his ruling AK Party in Ankara, Erdogan said the new ship was an “ultra maritime drill ship” that can drill down to 11,400 meters, but did not specify where the ship would operate.

Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu and Ece Toksabay; Editing by Daren Butler

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