Maersk Drilling has officially announced that its Maersk Valiant has been delivered. This is the second new drillship that was built in Geoje-Si (South-Korea) by Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI). Maersk Valiant is part of a four ship investment of 2.6 billion USD. The vessel has already started its voyage towards the U.S. Gulf of Mexico (via Singapore) to commence a 3-year contract with ConocoPhillips and Marathon Oil Corporation. The contract has options for up to two additional years.
The CEO of Maersk Drilling, Claus V. Hemmingsen, who is also a member of the Executive Boart of the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group said:
“We have an ambition of growing our business activities in the ultra deepwater market. With Maersk Valiant going to the U.S. Gulf of Mexico to work for ConocoPhillips and Marathon Oil, Maersk Drilling will then operate three rigs in the region, and we are well on our way to becoming a significant drilling contractor in that market since we entered the market in 2009.”
Maersk Drilling started its operations in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico with Maersk Developer, an ultra deepwater semi-submersible vessel.
Maersk Valiant features large subsea work and storage areas. It has a dual derrick and has been designed for efficient well construction and field development activities through offline activities. It is equipped with advanced positioning control system which allows maintaining a fixed position in severe weather conditions (wind speeds of up to approx 60 mph and waves of up to 36 ft). The safety on board is assured by Multi Machine Control, located on the drill floor, and two complete blowout preventer stacks. Maersk Valiant (IMO number 9624158 and MMSI 566937000) is 60,683-ton vessel registered in Singapore.