One of the largest groups of Maersk International Technology and Science Programme completed their two-year course in June.


63 colleagues from Maersk Oil and Maersk Drilling graduated from the two-year Maersk International Technology and Science Programme (MITAS) in June.


All MITAS participants completed three separate eight-month rotations, as well as technical and business courses, and worked in teams on a specific business case defined at the beginning of the programme.

The winning cases were presented to Maersk Oil’s Executive Team (MOET) guests from around the business. "Seeing the calibre of the winning business case showed me that as a group, this graduating year of MITAS really have learned a lot,” said Maersk Oil CEO Jakob Thomasen.


“It really demonstrated to me that the MITAS programme delivered on its purpose, which is great to see. Well done to everyone completing the programme. It’s great to see so many completing and so much diversity in the group in every way,” he added.


The MITAS programme ends with the business case exam. This year’s winners presented: A business case proposal for an innovative light workover rig (LWR) in the Danish Business Unit.

Maersk celebrated a half-century of exploration and production in the Danish North Sea in September. The company is immensely proud of its “First50”, but has its eyes focused on the future.


It started fifty years ago, when the first well was drilled in the Danish North Sea, following the discovery of hydrocarbon traces in what later became the Kraka field. Denmark was on its way to becoming a major producer of oil and gas.


Four years earlier, in 1962, the A.P. Møller-Maersk Group had been awarded the sole concession for the exploration and extraction of oil and gas in the Danish sector of the North Sea – but with a condition attached.


Maersk Oil had 10 years to find oil and begin production – success would give the company the concession for the next 40 years. It was a race against time that Maersk Oil won, with first oil being produced on 4 July 1972.

The first 50 years of the Danish oil and gas adventure

On May 19th hydrocarbons passed through the Janice FPU’s production systems for the last time.


Brian Hunter was the Offshore Installation Manager on Janice at the time and he was there to oversee the final task.


“It’s a significant day,” said Hunter. “The whole team has been tremendous over the last few years and we’ve made sure Janice goes out on a high note; our production has been at a steady level and our safety record and culture speaks for itself."


"Despite uncertain futures, we’re incredibly proud of our recent performance and the focus shown to ensure cessation of production happened as smoothly as possible,” said Hunter.


Prior to its sailaway to Norway in September the FPU had to be drained, flushed, purged, and vented.


The topsides were then cleaned to remove contaminants. The final step was attaching towing modifications to ensure the vessel could be towed safely to shore.