Maersk Viking- first ultra deepwater drillship in Maersk’s fleet

12. October, 2013 News 1 comment

On Thursday morning at the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in Geoje-Si in South Korea, Mrs Nathalie Newman, wife of Mr Harry Newman Jr, ExxonMobil Global Drilling Manager, named the first Maersk Drilling’s ultra deepwater drillship – Maersk Viking.

Maersk Drilling ordered four drillships in Samsung Heavy Industries. The contract is of the total cost of $ 2.6 billion and will be accomplished in late 2013 and 2014. All the new four ships are equipped with dual derrick and large subsea and storage area. The ships, owing to their advanced positioning control system, automatically maintain a permanent position in a severe weather with waves up to 11 meters and wind up to 26 meters a second.

Maersk Viking, after delivery and mobilization to the Gulf of Mexico, will be drilling for a three – year period for ExxonMobil. The estimate contract value is $ 610 million (excluding cost escalation and performance bonus). Maersk Drilling has been working in the American Gulf of Mexico since 2009. Now, with Maersk Viking, the company is becoming one of the most significant drilling contractors in this part of the World.

The naming of Maersk Viking is an important milestone in our further expansion in the ultra deepwater market. With the contract for Maersk Viking we look forward to continuing our relationship with ExxonMobil, and establishing ourselves as a significant drilling contractor in the US Gulf of Mexico.” says Claus V. Hemmingsen, CEO of Maersk Drilling and member of the Executive Board of the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group.

Source and Photos: Maersk Drilling’s press release

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