Shell names ‘Maersk Convincer’ jack-up of the year

Source: press release, 28 February 2020

Delivered in 2008, ‘Maersk Convincer’ is a Baker Pacific Class 375 cantilever jack-up designed for year-round operation
Delivered in 2008, ‘Maersk Convincer’ is a Baker Pacific Class 375 cantilever jack-up designed for year-round operation (photo: Maersk Drilling)

Shell has chosen Maersk Convincer as Jack-up Rig of the Year 2019, recognising the rig’s successful operation offshore Brunei. The award is justified by consistent high performance across all parameters.

In September 2017, Maersk Convincer arrived in Brunei to continue operations for Brunei Shell Petroleum as part of a successful customer relationship dating back to 2007. Since then, the Maersk Drilling rig has consistently been one of the best performing rigs in Shell’s employ, and the operator has now recognised this by naming Maersk Convincer Jack-up Rig of the Year 2 years in a row.

“After winning the award for jack-up of the year 2018, our challenge in Team Convincer was to continue to deliver to the high standard we had set,” says Michael McLean, Rig Manager, Maersk Convincer, who continues: “We did this by keeping things simple and focusing on continued delivery of the safe and efficient drilling operation that made us successful in 2018. In addition, we decided to push the boundaries by implementing several new projects in close collaboration with our client, Brunei Shell Petroleum. This has included a ‘family-style’ approach to support inclusivity and collaboration in our HSE work, and the introduction of the Energy Efficiency Operational Indicator which aims at reducing fuel consumption and ultimately limiting our carbon footprint.”

Maersk Convincer wins jack-up rig of the year for 2019, repeating last year’s win! Maersk Convincer was consistently in the top quartile for operational performance and best performing for four quarters continuously,” Shell said when the company’s 2019 Rigs and Suppliers of the Year Awards were announced.

Shell uses a comprehensive system to benchmark rigs across the globe and describes the awards as follows:

The awards recognise outstanding contributions to Shell’s goals of achieving Goal Zero, performance delivery, excelling above the competition, and exhibiting the collaborative behaviours that lead to success for both companies.

In total, Maersk Drilling has now won seven Rig of the Year awards from Shell during the last decade, with wins in both the jack-up and floater categories.

“This is a proud achievement for all of Maersk Drilling. The award is a recognition of both operational excellence and our focus on safe drilling. I want to congratulate all our people involved in Maersk Convincer’s continued success, from the rig team to our offshore colleagues who have been brilliant in their efforts to make the rig perform consistently great,” says COO Morten Kelstrup of Maersk Drilling.