Maersk names first ultradeepwater drillship

The first of four ultradeepwater drillships under construction for Maersk Drilling at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard at Geoje-Si, South Korea, has been named Maersk Viking.

After delivery, the ship will begin a 3-year contract with ExxonMobil in the Gulf of Mexico.

The four drillships under construction, representing a total investment of $2.6 billion, will be delivered from the SHI yard in late 2013 and 2014.

They will be able to drill to 40,000 ft in water deeper than 3,500 m.

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