Shipyard crane boom collapse impacts Noble newbuild jackup construction

Offshore staff

LONDON Noble Corp. plc has reported that its newbuild jackup rig, the Noble Lloyd Noble, sustained damage on Feb. 28, 2016, following the collapse of a shipyard crane boom operating near the rig.

The rig is in the late stages of construction at the Sembcorp Marine Jurong Shipyard in Singapore. The company says damage appears to be confined to one area of the rig, including damage to one of the rig’s cranes. The incident resulted in minor injuries to certain shipyard personnel.

The Singapore Ministry of Manpower has commenced an investigation into the cause of the incident and access to the rig is limited during the initial phase of the investigation.

Construction on the Noble Lloyd Noble was expected to be completed during 2Q 2016. After mobilization of the rig to the North Sea, the rig was expected to begin a four-year primary term contract with Statoil during 3Q 2016, with the contract stipulating a commencement date of no later than March 1, 2017.

A thorough rig damage assessment is required before a revised schedule of delivery and contract commencement can be determined.


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