In a ceremony held at the Keppel FELS shipyard in Singapore, Maersk Intrepid has been honored as the world’s largest ultra harsh environment jack-up rig.
Maersk Intrepid is the first in a series of four ultra harsh environment jack-up rigs to enter Maersk Drilling’s rig fleet. The first three are scheduled to be delivered from the Keppel FELS shipyard in 2014-2015 while the fourth is expected in 2016 from the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard in South Korea.
As the world’s largest jack-up rig, Maersk Intrepid’s leg length stands at 206.8 meters or 678 feet and is designed to work in the North Sea at water depths up to 492 feet. It is a fully remote-operated pipe handling system that allows operations such as stand building and tripping.
“With the naming of the Maersk Intrepid, we are opening a new chapter in Maersk Drilling’s Norwegian history. We have invested in the Maersk Intrepid and its three sister rigs in order to continue to grow and leverage our market leading position in Norway. The Maersk Intrepid is the first of the four rigs being delivered and I am very pleased that it is going to Norway to work for one of our key customers, Total E&P Norge AS,” says Claus V. Hemmingsen, CEO of Maersk Drilling and member of the Executive Board of the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group.
This new project is expected to bring convenience to the offshore industry.
Source: World Maritime News