The newest drilling rig for an ExxonMobil project was assembled in Texas and then split into modules. The modules were then loaded onto three enormous barges – the Ulysses, the Maximus and the Signet Atlas – to be transported all the way to Far East Russia, crossing through the Panama Canal.

The rig parts made their way safely to Sakhalin Island after a two-month journey spanning 10,000 nautical miles to prepare for Sakhalin-1 project drilling operations that are scheduled to begin later this year. When it’s assembled, the rig will stand taller than a 20-story building and be ready to drill for oil and gas resources that are dozens of miles away.

Take a look at some of the journey:


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