Maersk Drilling sends oldest rig to be recycled

Maersk Drilling sends oldest rig to be recycled

Copenhagen: Maersk Drilling has decided to decommission the rig Maersk Endurer from the fleet and recycle the rig with Zhoushan Changhong International Ship Recycling in China.

“Given the current market situation and the oversupply of drilling rigs in the offshore market, there is a strong need to retire older rigs. Therefore, Maersk Drilling has decided to decommission its oldest rig in the fleet, Maersk Endurer,” said Morten Pilnov, head of global sales at Maersk Drilling.

The rig will be transported to Zhoushan Changhong International Ship Recycling this month, and it will take approximately 15 weeks to recycle the rig.

“It is Maersk Drilling’s ambition to decommission Maersk Endurer in a safe and responsible way with minimal environmental impact. Therefore, Maersk Drilling has chosen Zhoushan Changhong International Ship Recycling to recycle Maersk Endurer. Maersk Drilling has furthermore engaged Sea2Cradle to carry out inspections and supervise the entire process,” Pilnov explained.

The rig is a jack-up rig, and it was built in 1984, and has latest been working offshore Cameroon.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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