semisubmersible

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semisubmersible

[sem-ee-suhb-mur-suh-buhl, sem-ahy-]
noun
1.
Also called semisubmersible rig. a self-propelled barge that is mounted on partially submerged legs supported by underwater pontoons, rides at anchor, and serves as a work base and living quarters in deep offshore drilling operations.
adjective
2.
of, for, or pertaining to a semisubmersible.

Origin:
1960–65; semi- + submersible

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When fitted with a drilling package, they may be called semisubmersible
  drilling rigs.
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  column-stabilized semisubmersible.
The marine riser connector would not disengage in order that the
  semisubmersible rig could be moved off location.
Several years ago an anchor-handling vessel was trying to recover a lost anchor
  for a semisubmersible drilling rig.
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