World's Largest Jack-up, Maersk Interceptor, named

By Vessels

The largest in the world jack-up rig Maersk Interceptor has been named by the Senior Vice President in Det norske oljeselskab ASA (Det norske), Mrs. Anita Utseth. The ceremony was held at Mekjarvik's GMC Marine Partners yard, Norway.

The vessel will enter the fleet of Maersk Drilling as the second vessel in a quartet series for the total investment of $2.6 billion.

The CEO of Maersk Drilling, who is also a member of the Executive Board of the Maersk Group, Claus V. Hemmingsen, commented:

“With the naming of the Maersk Interceptor, we are taking the next step in Maersk Drilling’s Norwegian history. Maersk Drilling entered Norway in 1990, because we saw a window of opportunity to provide competitive offers to oil companies with our jack-up technology. With the contract for Maersk Interceptor, we look forward to work closely together with Det norske and continue to grow and leverage our market leading position in Norway.”

The world's largest jack-up rig will drill the Ivar Aasen field in the Norwegian North Sea under a 5-year firm contract with Det norske which commence this December. The agreement provides two one-year options and its estimated values is $700m.

Video: Welcome Maersk Interceptor

Source: MaerskDrilling

The next jack-up rig from the series, will be delivered from Keppel FELS next year and the last one will be delivered in 2016 from the South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard.

Maersk Interceptor