Maersk Drilling’s fourth ultra deepwater drillship was named yesterday morning in a ceremony held at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in Geoje-Si, South Korea. Lene Berg, wife of Gregers Kudsk, Vice President in Maersk Drilling, had the honour of naming the drillship Maersk Voyager.
Maersk Voyager is the fourth in a series of four ultra deepwater drillships. The four drillships were ordered in 2011 and represent a total investment of USD 2.6bn.
Maersk Voyager is scheduled to be delivered from SHI in Q4 2014. Maersk Voyager remains without a first contract.
“The short term floater market is challenged, but we remain in discussions with several oil companies regarding short term as well as long term drilling campaigns for the Maersk Voyager ,” says Claus V. Hemmingsen, CEO in Maersk Drilling and member of the Executive Board in the Maersk Group.
Maersk Drilling has an ambition of becoming a significant contributor to Maersk Group with a profit (NOPAT) of USD 1bn by 2018, while conducting incident free operations.
The modern fleet counts 20 drilling rigs including drillships, deepwater semi-submersibles and high-end jack-up rigs.
Further, Maersk Drilling has two ultra deepwater drillships and two ultra harsh environment jack-up rigs under construction.