Our safety performance has deteriorated compared to our record year in 2011. With an ambition of zero incidents before 2018, we are concerned about this trend.


While we have witnessed too many lost time incidents (LTIs) and total recordable cases (TRCs) in 2013, one of our colleagues have regrettably died on one of our rigs.

It is with the deepest regret that a person died in a fatal accident on board the jack-up rig Maersk Endurer working offshore Cameroon in November 2013. My thoughts go to the deceased, his family and the crew on board the rig
said CEO, Claus V. Hemmingsen

During the task of connecting a choke line hose to the blow-out preventer, a sling used to raise the choke line hose parted and a person was struck by the hose. The person was a local employee working for a subcontractor. He sustained serious injuries and he was announced dead upon arrival at the hospital in Douala. With the fatality, a family lost a loved one and colleagues lost a valuable co-worker.


In 2013, our LTIs increased from 10 to 15 and our LTIF increased from 1.12 to 1.61. This means that we did not reach our target of 0.6 and our result is above the average industry benchmark of 0.85. In contrast, our TRCF decreased from 5.03 to 4.72. While this is an improvement it is well above our target of 3.0 and above the industry benchmark of 3.04.

The main reason behind this performance is related to human errors, insufficient risk assessment and a lack of adherence to processes and procedures.

80% of the safety issues are related to execution of work i.e. leadership, culture, and the people who conduct the job”, reported Head of QM/HSE, Søren R. Jeppesen and continued; “In general, we have the systems in place and while there is room for improvement, we need to be better at following the processes in the system - we all have a shared responsibility of facilitating a culture that is in compliance with the systems and one that promotes the safe execution of work



In the fourth quarter of 2013, Maersk Drilling established a project to look at all the factors that contribute to a safe operation. Based on the results, the roadmap to reaching our ambition of zero incidents by 2018 will be defined in early 2014.

One thing is for sure, safety is fundamentally an active decision and the result of a serious commitment by the people occupying the work space. We have no doubt that it is an achievable goal. In 2013, our jack-up rig Maersk Reacher drilling in the North Sea reached its fourth year without a single LTI, which also equals none since the rig came into operation.



To the stakeholders of Maersk Drilling A/S – Sustainability Report 2013

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