Maersk Drilling to shed close to 200 staff

Copenhagen: A.P. Moller–Maersk Group offshore drilling arm, Maersk Drilling, is in the process of making 180-190 Norway-based employees redundant.

In a statement on the employees association website, Maersk Ansarres Forning, the association said that discussions regarding the cuts have taken place and that affected employees would be contacted shortly.

The redundancies come as a contract for jackup Maersk Giant comes to an end in September, while another jackup Maersk Guardian finishes its contract in October. Both are serving in the North Sea currently.

Meanwhile another jackup, Maersk Gallant, has a new contract however the client, ConocoPhillips, does not want to pay for the current staffing levels on the rig.

In February, Maersk Drilling cut 90 positions from its head office staff citing lower demand for its rigs following the drop in oil prices.


Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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