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Maersk Resolute

The Maersk Resolute was named by Anette Bjerge (center), wife of Dong Energy executive VP Soren Gath Hansen (third from right). She is accompanied by (from left) Tong Chong Heong, MD/COO of Keppel O&M; Susanne Hemmingsen and Claus V Hemmingsen; Eileen Choo and Choo Chiau Beng, Chairman/CEO of Keppel O&M.

Maersk Contractors has named its latest drilling rig from Jurong Shipyard the Maersk Convincer. The delivery cements Maersk’s position as a drilling contractor on the forefront of the market within high-performance drilling,” said Maersk CEO Claus V Hemmingsen. “Our fleet’s average rig age of 9 years is amongst the lowest in the industry.”

The rig is the second of two identical jackup rigs acquired by the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group in July 2006. The rig is capable of operating in water depths up to 375 ft in most parts of the world, including the harsh environment of the central and southern parts of the North Sea. It is of the Baker Marine Pacific Class 375 design and features highly mechanised equipment to improve safety.

New Maersk jackups named

The first assignment for the Maersk Convincer is a one-year drilling contract with extension options with Brunei Shell Petroleum offshore Brunei.

Additionally, the newest high-efficiency jackup rig being delivered from Keppel FELS in Singapore has been named the Maersk Resolute. The new rig is the second in a series of four identical rigs being built for Maersk. Two more highly advanced, next-generation 350-ft jackup rigs will be delivered from Keppel FELS in 2009.

Mr Hemmingsen commented, “Maersk Contractors is proud to take delivery of this second high-efficiency jackup rig. The rig’s first assignment in the Danish sector of the North Sea will further emphasize our position as a leader in the North Sea and within the high-end jackup market in general.”

The drilling performance of the Maersk Resolute will be 20% more efficient than that of a conventional jackup. An extensive mechanisation has been implemented to further improve the safety and working environment for the crew.

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