Only two weeks ago, the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) informed that the rig "BT-400PAU", which originally intended to flag to the Marshall Islands, would be flagging into NIS. The decision was made partly because of the competence we hold here at the NMA. Now, yet another rig is entering NIS.

- From 2012 to 2015 we supervised the construction of the rig "West Mira", and everything was as good as ready for registration and certification when the rig was laid-up. Three years have passed, and the rig therefore has to undergo testing and new inspections before we can issue certificates. It is however, positive that they choose NIS now that the rig is commissioned, says Head of Section for Mobile Offshore Units in the NMD, Ms Åse Waage.

The average age of mobile offshore units (MOU) in the Norwegian flagged fleet is very good, only 6,5 years, and with "West Mira", the average age will be reduced even further.

- The Norwegian Maritime Authority is the best flag state authority in the world when it comes to the Harsh Environment segment, and we hope that more companies will realize the value of our contribution during planning, building and operation, says Waage.