Building the next generation of ships and rigs

Maersk has struck an agreement with Discovery Communications for a new television series that will show the Group’s energy supply chain. It follows a previous series about construction of Triple-E vessels, which reached more than 34 million people.

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The series will focus on new hardware from Maersk Drilling, Maersk Supply Service and Maersk Tankers.

Ocean Masters

  • The XL Enhanced jack-up rigs are the world’s most advanced, customised to handle demanding and complex well drilling operations. With a leg length of 206.8m, they can operate in water depths of up to 150m.
  • Maersk Supply Service’s six new large Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessels are built for deep water operations and potential customers are international oil companies and construction companies worldwide.
  • Maersk Tankers’ new midrange tankers are more eco-efficient, with gross tonnage of 29.445 tonnes and a length of 174m.

Ocean Masters will be a 6x60’ documentary-style series following Maersk experts and subcontractors as they design and build the next generation of ships and drilling rigs.

The series will highlight how Maersk can create value, develop its employees and maintain focus on safety while also giving insights into the possibilities within the Group. Discovery Communications is the world’s number 1 pay-TV programmer and its global television brands include Discovery Channel, TLC and Discovery Science.

“Ocean Masters showcases mechanical feats unlike anything our viewers have seen before, transporting them into some of the deepest, toughest waters of today’s world,” said Elizabeth McIntyre, vice president for Production and Development, Factual, at Discovery Networks. 

“Not only does the series follow skilled engineers creating super machines, but it reveals the core desire for innovation and success among dedicated workers around the world.”

Toughest waters

Filming started earlier this year and will be mainly in Denmark, Norway and South Korea and the series will be broadcast in late 2016.

We are building some of the world’s most complex and advanced vessels and offshore rigs, and we are very excited to invite Discovery’s viewers on board to meet some of the great people involved in our journey from drawing board to operation.
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Morten Engelstoft, CEO of APM Shipping Services

Maersk and the Discovery Channel

  • Discovery Channel’s six-episode series about the Triple-E vessel, “The World’s Largest Ship”, was first broadcast in 2013 and shown around the world.
  • The 45-minute episodes gave viewers the opportunity to see how the Triple-E was designed, the intricacies and challenges of building the ship and its eventual trials at sea and launch into operation.
  • The episodes also zoomed in on the lives of many of the people involved in the different stages of the creation of these enormous ships, from the naval architect to the men and women putting it together in the shipyard to one of the captains as he prepares and trains for his role.

“We are building some of the world’s most complex and advanced vessels and offshore rigs, and we are very excited to invite Discovery’s viewers on board to meet some of the great people involved in our journey from drawing board to operation,” says Morten Engelstoft, CEO of APM Shipping Services.

It will follow a core crew of engineers, shipbuilders, captains and designers as they build, test and launch three unique maritime and offshore machines – a fleet of super tugboats, the world’s most advanced jack-up drilling rig and new oil tankers. Filming will go inside the machines and drone cameras above will show the vast scale of the operations.

“The documentary format has a depth in it which can really demonstrate the complexity of Maersk. We operate with some things that are far from the viewer's every day, so it requires a different way of telling the story to identify with the audience,” says Jon Black Andersen, head of Group Branding.

We operate with some things that are far from the viewer's every day, so it requires a different way of telling the story to identify with the audience.
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Jon Black Andersen, Head of Group Branding
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The series will follow building, testing and launching of Maersk Drilling’s fourth XLE rig. Its sister, Maersk Intrepid, is already in service.

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