I hope it is much better being an American on a Maersk rig in the GoM now than is was in 2009…
FEBRUARY 24, 2014 — Maersk Drilling today took delivery of its first ultra deepwater drillship, Maersk Viking, from the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in Geoje-Si, South Korea, and the ship Maersk Viking has started its voyage to the U.S. Gulf of Mexico to commence a three year contract with ExxonMobil.
Maersk Drilling is investing $2.6 billion in its four vessel drillship newbuild program at SHI. All are scheduled for delivert this year.
Featuring dual derrick and large subsea work and storage areas, the drillship design allows for efficient well construction and field development activities through offline activities. With their advanced positioning control system, the ships automatically maintain a fixed position in severe weather conditions with waves of up to 11 metres and wind speeds of up to 26 metres per second.
Special attention has been given to safety on board the drillships. Equipped with Multi Machine Control on the drill floor, the high degree of automation ensures safe operation and consistent performance. Higher transit speeds and increased capacity will reduce the overall logistics costs for oil companies.
back then you were a second class citizen being an American working in American waters!