First Ultra-Deepwater Drilliship delivered to Maersk Drilling

By Vessels
Maersk Viking, the first ultra deepwater drill vessel of Maersk Drilling has been delivered in Geoje-Si, South Korea from the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard. The new drilling ship of Maersk began its first sail from Gulf of Mexico where the ship is going to commence the 3-year contract with ExxonMobil.

Maersk Viking, the newest ship in the fleet of Maersk Drilling is first of a series of 4 ultra deepwater drill vessels. The entire investment for the four new ships of Maersk Drilling is estimated to $2.6bn and they are all scheduled for delivery in 2014 by SHI.

New Maersk Viking design features large subsea work, dual derrick and storage areas. The new ultra deepwater drill ship allows efficient well construction and field development activities. The rough weather condition with wind speeds up to 26 meters per second or waves up to 11 meters won't be a problem for Maersk Viking, provided with advanced positioning control system, which will automatically maintain a fixed position over ground in such a weather.

It's been paid a great attention to the safety measures onboard the four drill ships of Maersk Drilling. Maersk Viking and its sister vessels are equipped with Multi Machine Control on the drill floor, as the automation will ensure consistent performance and safe operation. In addition to the great features, the higher speed of the new drillships and their larger capacity are going to reduce the logistics costs for the oil companies in the industry.

You can Watch the inaugural ceremony of Maersk Viking video here.