Rig: Noble Viking

Name Noble Viking
Owner Noble Drilling
Manager Noble Drilling
Rig Type Drillship
Sub Type Ultradeep Water
Jackup Type --
Max Water Depth (ft) 12000
Max Drill Depth (ft) 40000
Dimensions (ft) 748 x 138 x 62
Leg Length (ft) --
Competitive Yes

Current Location

Country Malaysia
Region South East Asia

Drilling Equipment

Drawworks Type --
Drawworks HP 9000
Mud Pumps Type --
Top Drive --
Hookload Capacity (lbs) 2500000

Rig Construction Details

Rig Design Samsung
Rig Model 96K Drillship
Year Built 2014
Country of Build South Korea
Yard Name Geoje (Koje) Shipyard
Group Yard Name Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI)

Rig Contract Details

Operating Status Operational
Operator Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn Bhd


10 Oct 2013

Maersk names first of four newbuild drillships

Maersk Drilling has named the first of the company’s four newbuild drillships at a naming ceremony at Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in Geoje, South Korea. The unit previously referred to as Deepwater Advanced 1 has been officially named the ‘Maersk Viking’ and is due to be delivered in the next couple of months. Once delivered the unit will mobilise to the US GoM for its initial contract with ExxonMobil, the contract is for a two year period and is valued at US$610 million including the mobilisation fee. The delivery of the unit will further enhance Maersk Drilling’s position as a deepwater drilling operator with the company due to have a total of four drillships delivered over the next year all of which are being constructed by SHI in South Korea.

24 Feb 2013

Maersk Drilling takes delivery of 'Maersk Viking' drillship

Today Maersk Drilling has taken delivery of its first ultra deepwater drillship, 'Maersk Viking', from the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in Geoje, South Korea. The 'Maersk Viking' has started its voyage to the US Gulf of Mexico where it will commence a three year contract with ExxonMobil. 'Maersk Viking' is the first in a series of four ultra deepwater drillships that will enter Maersk Drilling’s fleet. The four drillships represent a total investment of US$2.6 billion and will be delivered from the SHI shipyard in 2014. Featuring dual derrick and large subsea work and storage areas, the drillship design allows for efficient well construction and field development activities through offline activities. With their advanced positioning control system, the ships automatically maintain a fixed position in severe weather conditions with waves of up to 11 metres and wind speeds of up to 26 metres per second. Special attention has been given to safety on board the drillships. Equipped with Multi Machine Control on the drill floor, the high degree of automation ensures safe operation and consistent performance. Higher transit speeds and increased capacity will reduce the overall logistics costs for oil companies.

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