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Hai Yang Shi You 981 (Chinese: 海洋石油981; pinyin: Hǎiyáng shíyóu 981, also known as Ocean Oil 981, Ocean Petroleum 981, HD-981) is a semi-submersible oil platform owned and operated by the China National Offshore Oil Corporation.

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Name: Hai Yang Shi You 981
Owner: China National Offshore Oil Corporation
Operator: China National Offshore Oil Corporation
Builder: Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co., Ltd
Cost: 6 billion renminbi
Launched: 26 February 2010
Maiden voyage: 26 May 2011
Status: in active service
General characteristics
Displacement: 30,670 tons
Length: 114 metres
Beam: 90 metres
Speed: 8 knots
Crew: 160

The rig began operation on May 9, 2012 in the South China Sea, 320 km southeast of Hong Kong, at a depth of 1,500 m. On May 2, 2014, the platform was moved near to the Paracel islands,[1] a move Vietnam stated violated their territorial claims[2] while Chinese officials said was legal[3] as it falls within surrounding waters of the Paracel Islands which China militarily controls.

Since the dominion of its location is claimed by both China and Vietnam, this raised a storm of protest in Vietnam.

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  1. ^ "Not the usual drill". Singapore: The Economist. May 10, 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-14.
  2. ^ "Vietnam says China's oil rig movement into Sth China Sea is "illegal"". Reuters.
  3. ^ Zhu, Ningzhu (2014-05-07). "China urges against Vietnamese interference in territorial water exploration". Xinhuanet. Retrieved 16 May 2014.

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