Rising to the crewing challenge in Angola

When borders close, global business becomes difficult. For an international service company like Maersk Drilling with people moving across countries and continents this obviously represents a huge challenge in the face of travel restrictions imposed to mitigate the risk of COVID-19.

Rising to the crewing challenge in Angola

"We are pulling many levers to face the challenge and things are going well," says Martin Ansbjørn, Unit Director of Maersk Voyager which is currently drilling off the coast of Angola. "The commitment from the team is astonishing and we are able to continue safe and efficient operations. So far, so good."

Maersk Voyager's current operation is progressing as planned. Supplies are coming in as they should and many of the crew members are ready for a longer stint than originally planned:

"Most of us out here are ready to prolong the stay to keep offshore operations running," says Henrik Lerche, Subsea Supervisor on Maersk Voyager. "A 12-week stint is absolutely an option for most of us."

Fresh crew members are currently waiting in a quarantine period at a hotel onshore. They should be able to mobilise to the rig soon.

"Angola closed its borders and air space recently," explains HR Advisor Hasinah Mustafa and continues: "However, as we could see what was coming, we managed to get as many as possible to travel early. It was impressive how people could rearrange to travel with short notice! So, we now have 15 people on stand-by with a quarantine period in Angola."

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