Noble and Maersk Drilling to merge

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I feel bad for the Boys in Blue who will be taking that pay cut to be like the Boys in Yellow!!


Can you enlighten the uninformed of the colour code in operation here??

BTW; Not E\everybody is happy with the merger deal. Apparently Øystein Spetalen want a bigger slice of the cake;

British regulators are also looking into the merger:

Who will win and loose and who will be the controlling entity?
This MAY be a clue:

But I will not be surprised if it is Maersk Drilling and their shareholders that will come out on top, although the resulting company will appear to be an American Company. w/Hq + being run from Houston. Will the present Noble Corp. move their HQ from London?

PS> Remember how Schlumberger and their partners manipulated the formation of Transocean?

Maersk is going thru a change corporate wide. Selling off their minor drilling division makes sense. Selling to Noble? Well, I guess those bottom feeders are the only ones that made an offer. :slightly_smiling_face:

Still a few hoops to jump through for Noble:

FYI; Shelf Drilling came into being in November 2012 when Transocean offloaded 37 older jackup drilling rigs and one swamp barge to concentrate on the deep water and newer jackups.
HQ in Dubai and listed at Oslo Stock Exchange.
Before this transaction they own and operate 30 drilling rigs worldwide, with a concentration on AG. India, Thailand and West Africa:

PS> Many of their rigs are well known to me, having done rigmoves, inspections and tow approval on them, but under original owners and Transocean management.

Shelf Drilling has also been busy buying other rigs lately:

Knowing the condition of some of the rigs TO sold to Shelf I feel sorry for the guys who are expected to work on them now. They were junk years ago.

Sold may not be the right word, TO separated those old rigs from the main company, but was still a major share holders in the new Shelf Drilling for quite some time.

As you may know TO came to being from merger of a number of older companies over time:

The Norwegian company Transocean ASA was itself a merger of several companies that had taken the name from a German company that had been absorbed long ago.

It is a long story that only those involved know in full and few have any interest in today.
Some of it is explained here, but it was a lot more complicated when it came shareholding, board member and actual control of TO over the years since:

I often told folks that if they didn’t like the company they were working for to wait 10-20 years, the company would change or disappear.

Remember the TO Pyramid in the early days of it becoming an “American” company?

That and Schlumberger*s strict purchasing and record keeping rules made quite a few Good Ol’ Boys from R&B, Global Marine, Santa Fe etc. quite after the “mergers”.

PS> Of the 37 rigs that got spun off to Shelf Drilling many got sold or scrapped in the first few years after, especially those that had been in long term layup.
If you look at the present fleet list 25 are old, 5 are newer built. (before the latest acquisitions)

:sweat_smile: TO wasn’t an “American” company but they were headquartered in Switzerland as I recall. No one I knew among the upper echelon could show me the location on a map though. Some of the companies gobbled up by TO’s venture capitalist owners were good companies. As example I know of no one from Global Marine who thought their eventual digestion by TO left them better off. Not picking on TO as others in the business do the same. Monopolies rule.

“Monopolies”?? No, no no, monopolies are bad and banned if most countries.
It is call “consolidation to get synergy for the benefit of shareholders”.
It is still going on, with nominally “American” companies gaining market share, like Noble Corp. TO etc.

Yes these companies have Hq. in Vernier Switzerland (TO), London, UK (Noble Corp) Dubai, (Shelf), McDermott Intern. is incorporated in Bermuda, but with Hq in Houston.

Yes their Operational Hq. are in the US (Houston mostly) but the various overseas locations have their day-to-day operations controlled regionally/locally, with an international and local staff.

If you are REALLY interested in who are in control, look at the lists of Major Shareholders and Board of Directors of the main holding companies.
Of course some of the ownership is hard to determine, since it is hidden behind obscure name of thrusts and shell companies in various tax heavens around the world.

Since we are already a bit OT;
The other company that bought up older Jackup rigs was Borr Drilling during the downturn.
They are now operating only premium rigs and buying up “stranded” new buildings from Keppel:
They have now sold three such units to finance other activities:

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Borr Drilling’s recent un-audited financial statement is enough to scare anyone, keeping in mind it is un-audited makes it even scarier. However their finances are typical for the industry. Always has been a get rich scam for those at the top pocketing 10s of millions with a brief feast then famine for those at the bottom that work for them. Keep in mind Borr was side by side with one of the masters of this game.

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Yes Tor Olav learnt from a master of the game. He again learnt from another “London Norwegian” shipowner that died a few days ago. RIP.

It has been done!!: