Maersk Highlander wins best North Sea safety performance

IADC North Sea Chapter awards the rig’s outstanding achievements during the challenging Culzean campaign.

Maersk Highlander wins best North Sea safety performance

Maersk Highlander has been celebrated for the Best Safety Performance in the North Sea in 2019. The award was handed out by the North Sea Chapter of the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) as part of the IADC Safety Awards announced on 13 November.

The Chair’s Award for Best Safety Performance – Jack-Up recognises the best overall safety performance by a jack-up rig during the year. The IADC panel determines the winner based on an anonymised review of the safety data.

Maersk Highlander’s outstanding safety performance in 2019 included:

  • Being fully operational all year while performing drilling operations on the Culzean field, with six out of seven wells drilled being challenging HPHT wells.
  • No reportable personal injuries.
  • No drops with potential to cause a recordable incident.
  • No improvement notices or non-conformity orders issued by UK regulators.
  • No spills to sea.

“The award is a recognition of all the energy our team has put into working safely. Our approach is primarily that we warmly welcome each and every person from the moment they arrive on the Highlander. A positive dialogue is the expectation we set for everyone going out to perform work. From that we continue to build on our ‘Granite Fortress’. We appreciate our crew members’ contributions to the campaign and we also make a point of taking time to recognise when someone has made a difference,” says David Lodhi, OIM, Maersk Highlander, and continues:

“On many occasions have we been asked to trial or review ideas on safety, and each time have we been able to produce something worthwhile to put into good use for the company. With positive attitude and a mindset to look for solutions we have come a long way. Team Highlander, every day of the week!

“The year kicked off on a high with the initial three wells perforated and bringing the first hydrocarbons of the campaign to surface. This added another level of complexity dealing with simultaneous operations and the live well considerations that come with it. All the crews worked extremely hard throughout the year, focusing on planning and delivering a safe and efficient operation that we can reflect on with great pride,” says John Gill, Drilling Section Leader, Maersk Highlander.

The award for Maersk Highlander is the third Best Safety Performance award that Maersk Drilling's rigs have received from IADC chapters within the last four years. The previous winners were Mærsk Innovator and Maersk Invincible.