Maersk Viking cops Shell’s floater rig of the year

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Maersk Drilling’s Viking vessel was branded Shell’s 2021 ‘Global Rig of the Year in the Floater Category’ for its outstanding performance in all aspects during its time in Brunei Darussalam, the company said.

Shell’s award was presented after the Viking managed an all-around excellent performance in every area including safety, operational efficiency, and the safe and successful start-up of the campaign with Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn. Bhd. (BSP) in April 2021.

“2021 was an amazing year with many highlights for Maersk Viking, and it is a great honour to receive this award and recognition from Shell. The award is testament of how we have delivered best-in-class performance during the start-up and completion of operations in Brunei in a year that was still challenged by COVID-19,” said the Viking’s Unit Director, Menno Bosma.

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“I would like to thank everyone that helped us deliver this success, both our highly dedicated and capable crew and many onshore colleagues including the virtual rig team based in Gdansk,” he said.

Bosma expects the same success to be carried throughout the Maersk Viking’s campaign with Shell in Malaysia.

Maersk Drilling has had multiple Rig of the Year awards since 2007; the Maersk Convincer won for three consecutive years in the Jack-up Rig Category. In total, Maersk Drilling has now won nine Rig of the Year awards from Shell during the last decade.

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Chief Operating Officer of Maersk Drilling, Morten Kelstrup said, “We are extremely proud to receive this award which recognises the extraordinary efforts of the entire Maersk Viking team in close collaboration with our long-term customers at BSP. The award is also a testament to how well aligned Shell and we are in our approach to all aspects of operations, and how this collaboration produces great results.”

Maersk Viking is a high-spec ultra-deepwater drill ship that was delivered in 2013. It is currently operating with Shell offshore Malaysia.

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