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Maersk Drilling cut another 70 employees

March 23, 2016

Maersk Drilling cut another 70 employees from its Norwegian operations after the jackup rig Maersk Reacher comes out of contract in July 2016.

The rig is currently drilling in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea, on a five year contract with supermajor BP, but due to complete during the Summer. On board of the platform are working 130 workers, as 60 of them will be engaged with decommissioning of the rig and then reallocated to other projects, while the rest 70 workers will be discharged. Maersk Drilling is marketing the rig for new contracts, but have so far failed to find any companies looking to start any drilling operations outside what they already have planned, which means that jackup rig Maersk Reacher will decommissioned.

“The jackup rig Maersk Reacher went out of contract in July 2016 and currently on board of the platform are working 130 employees. From them 70 will be sacked, while other 60 will be reallocated to other projects”, said representative of Maersk Drilling, Helene Aagaard. “We are yet to comment fully on the future of the Maersk Reacher, but it is likely to be cold stacked in European waters”, added she.

Maersk Drilling will inform the affected staff by the end of April 2016.

Maersk Reacher is a jackup drilling rig, designed to operated at depth of 107.00 m with maximum drilling depth of 9,144 m. The rig was built in 2009 by Keppel Offshore & Marine’s Pioneer Yard in Singapore.

By Svilen Petrov

Source: Maritime News

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