The vessel, ENSCO DS-9, will be the seventh Samsung DP3 drillship in the Ensco fleet, extending the benefits of Ensco's fleet standardization strategy. It will be built at the Samsung Heavy Industries, Co. Ltd. (SHI) Shipyard in South Korea, with delivery scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2014.
On 5 April, Ensco announced its order for ENSCO DS-8, the first drillship based on the GF12000 hull design. This fleet expansion will extend Ensco's advantage of operating the newest ultra-deepwater fleet among global drilling contractors. The latest independent customer satisfaction survey conducted by EnergyPoint ranks Ensco #1 in Deepwater Drilling.