The Norwegian part of Transocean idles a rig and lays off employees. With the latest cuts, the number of employees has been more than halved since the offshore crisis began in 2014, reports Stavanger Aftenblad.
BY CHRISTIAN BARTELS Published 15.02.16 at 15:10
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A multiple year boom could be coming to an end for the colorful Norwegian shipping magnate John Fredriksen's crown jewel, Seadrill, as the company has turned out to be USD 14 billion in debt and at which a race against time and unsatisfied bond holders has begun.
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