Maersk Drilling Rig Converted To Offshore Hotel

Published at 03:30PM - 10/08/16

Maersk Drilling-owned jack-up rig Maersk Guardian is to be converted into a hotel rig, with the installation of a 147-room hotel module by Semco Maritime.

According to Semco, this marks the completion of a major conversion, expected to be completed today.

“The heavy lifting marks the final and intense part of the project, where the modules are to be installed and hooked up on the rig. Combined with additional modifications of the rig performed simultaneously with the module construction, the former jack-up rig can now be approved and used as a hotel rig,” Semco informed.

Maersk Drilling Rig Converted To Offshore Hotel

According to Semco, the 1,200 tonne turnkey accommodation module has 147 chambers and is now getting ready for the final installation, only eight months after the order was placed in December 2015.

The module was built and outfitted by Semco and its partner Energomontaz-Pólnoc from Poland and was loaded onto a barge heading to Denmark last week.

Maersk Platform Converted into Major Hotel Rig
The Maersk Guardian Drill Floor

When it arrives, the module will be lifted and installed on board Maersk Guardian by a floating crane.

According to Semco Maritime Vice President Nikolaj Vejlgaard, the company had never built an accommodation block this size before.

Due to the tight deadline involved, Semco used a shipyard-in-a-box concept which involved the relocation of its rig engineers depending on the assignment or location.

Maersk Guardian to Operate in the Danish North Sea

The Maersk Guardian was built in 1986 and has been designed for year-round operations in the North Sea in water depths of up to 351 feet.

Until now, the rig had been used for drilling but starting in September 2016, it is expected to start a new contract with Maersk Oil.

Maersk Guardian Offshore Jack-up Drilling Rig
Maersk Guardian Offshore Jack-up Drilling Rig

Under the agreement, Maersk Oil will use the Maersk Guardian rig in the Danish sector of the North Sea.

The contract will have a duration of five years, with two one-year options, and has been valued at approximately US$142 million (£108.58 million).