Meet the Maersk Interceptor

The largest rigs in the world are designed for year round operation in the North Sea and all four already have long-term contracts.

Interceptor Mekjarvik
Maersk Interceptor, towering over the harbour at the Norwegian port of Mekjarvik near Stavanger.

Maersk Drilling

  • Maersk Drilling aims to become a significant contributor to Maersk Group with a profit (NOPAT) of USD 1 billion by 2018, while conducting incident free operations.
  • Its modern fleet includes 21 drilling rigs including drillships, deepwater semi-submersibles and high-end jack-up rigs.
  • Maersk Drilling also has an ultra deepwater drillship and two ultra harsh environment jack-up rigs under construction.
  • The business employs an international staff of 4,000 people and generated a profit (NOPAT) of USD 528m in 2013.

The Maersk Interceptor was named under leaden Norwegian skies, a promise of rough weather to come when she starts operations in the Norwegian North Sea.

Maersk Interceptor, towering over the harbour at the Norwegian port of Mekjarvik near Stavanger, is the second of four ultra harsh environment jack-up rigs to enter Maersk Drilling’s fleet, which together represent a total investment of USD 2.6 billion.

She and her sisters are the world’s largest jack-up rigs, with a leg length of 206.8 metres, and are designed for year-round operation in the North Sea in water depths of up to 150 metres. All four have secured long-term contracts with prime customers.

Interceptor Christening
Interceptor Godmother
Anita Utseth, Senior Vice President at Det norske and Claus V. Hemmingsen, CEO Maersk Drilling.

“With the naming of the Maersk Interceptor, we are taking the next step in Maersk Drilling’s Norwegian history,” said Claus V. Hemmingsen, CEO of Maersk Drilling.

Norwegian foundation

The Maersk Interceptor will start a five year firm contract, including two one-year options, with Det norske oljeselskab ASA (Det norske) for drilling the Ivar Aasen field in the Norwegian North Sea in December 2014, with an estimated value of USD 700 million.

Interceptor Uggla
Ane Mærsk Mc-Kinney Uggla, Chairman of The A. P. Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller Foundation and Karl Johnny Hersvik, CEO at Det norske.

Anita Utseth, Senior Vice President at (Det norske), had the honour of naming the rig in a ceremony attended by Ane Mærsk Mc-Kinney Uggla, Chairman of The A. P. Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller Foundation, who in her speech remarked that the Norwegian market had laid the foundation for Maersk Drilling’s recent expansion.
“In 1990 Maersk Drilling entered Norway, the offshore environment of rough seas and hard winds. We entered a country holding a proud tradition of helping and taking care of each other - the Norwegian DNA which is also reflected in the strong safety requirements for offshore work in Norway,” Ane Uggla said.

“For Maersk Drilling, Norway has been the foundation for recent growth. We saw a potential for offering competitive services to the oil companies with our jack-up technology. A technology that would enable drilling and constructing wells in a more efficient manner - a promise we shall live up to.”

Market leading

The first two of the four jack-up rigs, the Maersk Intrepid and the Maersk Interceptor, have now been delivered from the Keppel FELS shipyard.

The third will be delivered from Keppel FELS in 2015, and the fourth from the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard in South Korea in 2016.

Maersk Drilling has a market-leading position in Norway and with the four new rigs, will have a total of 10 jack-ups in the country. That would establish Maersk Drilling as the largest rig operator in the country.

“We still see a large growth potential in Norway,” said Hemmingsen.

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