BY Cecilia Bang

Ailsa is currently being built in Singapore. When completed, the vessel will be 243 metres long – longer than three Airbus A380s, the world’s largest passenger plane. Its highest point, at 52 metres, will be taller than Nelson’s Column in London.


Ailsa will be able to store the equivalent of over 430,000 barrels of oil.


The new ship’s naming ceremony and maiden voyage will take place in 2018, and the FSO will remain in service until at least 2033.

Maersk Oil’s employees voted in huge numbers for the name Ailsa for our brand new Floating Storage and Offloading (FSO) vessel.


Out of almost 600 entries submitted in the first round of the name giving competition, 40 people suggested the name Ailsa. The name was inspired by the island of Ailsa Craig, a volcanic outcrop 16 kilometres from mainland Scotland and visible from the Culzean Castle, which lends its name to the Culzean field where the FSO is destined.


In the final round of voting among shortlisted names, Ailsa emerged a clear winner, securing half of all votes.