Semco Maritime Welcomes Two New Jack-Up Rigs

Published at 02:00PM - 19/08/16

Semco Maritime announced the arrival of two Maersk Drilling jack-up rigs to its Invergordon shipyard.

The two high specification jack-up drilling rigs are Maersk Reacher and Maersk Highlander.

The Cromarty Firth and Invergordon Service Base was chosen as most suitable for both of these assets due to its strategic location in the North sea, with deep water shelter, the facilities offered by Port of Cromarty Firth and a long standing relationship with Semco Maritime as main contractor, providing full project management support to Maersk Drilling,” the company informed in a statement.

Semco Maritime Welcomes Two New Jack-Up Rigs

Maersk Reacher will be berthed at Semco Maritime’s Queens Dock facility to carry out the required upgrades and modification.

The second rig, the recently-built Maersk Highlander, will stay at quayside before being mobilised out to the Culzean development in the UK sector of the North Sea, on a long-term contract.

Semco Maritime Welcomes Two New Jack-Up Rigs
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The company stated further it is also nearing completion on a number of scopes of work for the semi-submersible rig Paragon MSS1.

The rig is expected to depart Cromarty Firth on a drilling contract soon.

Naming Ceremony for Maersk Highlander

The recently-acquired Maersk Drilling asset was named this week at a ceremony at Invegordon, Scotland.

The Maersk Highlander is now ready to start operations in the Culzean gas field in the North Sea, where it will work for Maersk Oil and partners JX Nippon and BP.

The harsh environment jack-up rig was acquired from a subsidiary of Hercules Offshore.

“The rig was not originally part of our growth plans, nor was she ours from the outset. However, the opportunity of acquiring this rig and adding her to our fleet seemed obvious to us as she came with a firm long-term contract with well-known customers and partners,” Maersk Drilling CEO and member of the executive board of the Maersk Group, Claus V. Hemmingsen.