Newbuild News

Employees Name New Drillships, High-Spec Jackups

It’s official! All Transocean newbuilds now have names. A rig-naming contest was held among Transocean and Chevron employees in Thailand to name the company’s three high-spec jackups under construction in Singapore. A companywide rig-naming contest was also held to name the two drillships under construction in South Korea. The ultra-deepwater drillships were acquired when Transocean acquired Aker Drilling last October.

Samit Oraphan (left), Crane Operator, and Kamthorn Malaphet, Electrician, Trident 15, named the Transocean Ao Thai and Transocean Siam Driller, respectively.The jackup names are: Transocean Siam Driller (in reference to the former name of Thailand); Transocean Andaman (in reference to the Andaman Sea); and Transocean Ao Thai (in reference to the Gulf of Thailand).

The winners of the naming contest were Kamthorn Malaphet, Trident 15; Punluek Kittisares, Chevron; and Samit Oraphan, Trident 15. Each received a 64GB, 3G iPad.

Expected delivery dates for the new rigs are the first half of 2013 for the Siam Driller and Andaman and the second half of 2013 for the Ao Thai. 

 Steve Jasper Aaftaab KharbandaThe drillship names are Deepwater Asgard, submitted by Steve Jasper, Senior DPO, Aberdeen Training Center; and Deepwater Invictus, submitted by Aaftaab Kharbanda, Project Manager, Saudi Arabia Office. They have each won a trip to the DSME Shipyard in South Korea to participate in the rig’s naming ceremony.

Jasper submitted Asgard to connect to a Norwegian theme. “Asgard, according to mythology, is home of the principal Norse gods. The combination of Deepwater, which is synonymous with Transocean, and a traditional Norwegian name links the two companies neatly,” he said.

Kharbanda submitted Invictus for its Latin meaning of unconquerable, undefeated, inspired by the poem by William Ernest Henley. “The poem is an extremely apt representation of Transocean’s spirit and resolve. It is this ‘soul’ shown by our leaders and employees that helps Transocean move on to a new chapter for the company,” he said.

Both drillships are expected to be completed in the first and second quarter of 2014 followed by sea trials and mobilization.