Seadrill vows to fight on

John Fredriksen’s rig outfit Seadrill has said that the court overseeing the company’s chapter 11 restructuring proceedings has granted the relief requested by the company in its key first-day motions related to ordinary course business activities.

“The approved motions give the Company the authority to, among other things, continue to pay employee wages and benefits without interruption, continue to utilize its cash management system and continue to pay all suppliers and vendors in full under normal terms,” Seadrill said in a release today.

Seadrill, saddled with more than $10bn in debts, sought court protection on Tuesday. It said today that expects its operations to continue uninterrupted throughout the reorganisation process.

Robert Day, an offshore analyst with, said yesterday that Seadrill will survive thanks to its youthful fleet make-up.

Seadrill operates a fleet of 29 live vessels and 12 newbuildings and the average age of its fleet is four years old.

“The youthful nature of their fleet is possibly the most important reason Seadrill will survive Chapter 11 restructuring,” Day said, explaining: “The last thing lenders, creditors and Seadrill want is modern tonnage hitting the open market at fire sale prices. All this would do is cause rig values to fall and result in significant losses to Seadrill and its financiers.”

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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