A Chinese offshore platform left without work by the last market downturn has found a new lease of life in the tourism trade.

The bottom-supported drilling platform Shengli 2 platform is set to be turned into an offshore recreational centre, with the decision being firmed up after offshore experts endorsed the plan.

The Shengli 2 was originally owned by Sinopec Shengli Petroleum Administration Bureau Offshore Drilling, but in late 2021 was sold to Dongying Jingming Aquatic Product, a local entity in Shandong province that specialises in maritime and fish products production and marketing.