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Deepwater Asgard Naming Ceremony

The ultra deepwater drillship, Deepwater Asgard, and the high-specification jackup, Transocean Ao Thai, recently received stylish sendoffs from two shipyards.  Both rigs are contracted to Chevron and are expected to commence operations in first quarter 2014 and fourth quarter 2013, respectively.

On August 19, the naming ceremony for the Deepwater Asgard (DGD) took place at the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) Okpo Shipyard in South Korea, and was celebrated by Transocean employees and Board Members, DSME and Chevron employees.  The DGD is the sixth deepwater drillship constructed for Transocean by DSME and the twelfth newbuild contract awarded to DSME by Transocean.

In his speech during the naming ceremony, Steven Newman, President and CEO  congratulated Mr. Jaeho Ko, President and CEO, DSME and his team, noting that “the Deepwater Asgard joins a long and proud line of DSME-constructed drillships in the Transocean fleet.  Since our early work nearly a decade ago, DSME has become a trusted partner in Transocean’s business, and the passion you and your team bring to the art of ship-building is proudly manifest in the world-class ship we see before us today.”

Mrs. Jane Newman, Steven Newman’s wife, was the sponsor for the naming ceremony. Attendees were given a rig tour and celebrated with a dinner party after the naming ceremony. The event marked another important milestone in the successful relationship established among Chevron, Transocean and DSME.

“It is our great honor to see another success, the sixth deepwater drillship, for Transocean. Having delivered five units of drillships to Transocean since 2009, now DSME is more confident, and I am sure for its part, Transocean has built up more confidence in us as well,” said Mr. Brendan Jeong, DMSE, during the ceremony. “I am very happy and I truly appreciate the valuable partnership we have with Transocean, our very important client.”

Transocean Board Members who attended the Asgard ceremony were: Mr. Ian Strachan (Chairman of the Board); Mr. Thomas Cason; Mrs. Vanessa Chang; Mr. Ek Kia Tan.

Photos from the event can be seen in the online gallery.

A video montage from the event can be viewed here.


Transocean Ao Thai Naming Celebration

On August 31, the naming of the Transocean Ao Thai (TAT) was celebrated at the Keppel Fels shipyard in Singapore. At the ceremony, Ihab Toma, Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff remarked, “Last Monday, the Ao Thai was handed over to Transocean from Keppel FELS. This transfer represents the fulfillment of the final of three of the finest rigs of their kind; built by Keppel FELS for Transocean for Chevron Thailand operations. But by no means should this be considered as an end. It is rather another milestone in the long relationship between these three companies and in our partnership with Thailand.”

The Ao Thai is the third consecutive KFELS high-specification jackup constructed and delivered on-time without any injuries to personnel. The rig will next move to Thailand and join sister rigs, the Transocean Siam Driller and Transocean Andaman, each also working for Chevron.


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