Objective: New standards in a post-Macondo world

When an industry has an incident like the Macondo, it can and should initiate that the industry as well as its stakeholders review and prepare to take in the learnings in order to improve the safeguards that failed in this incident, and led to the death of 11 crew members and a severe environmental disaster.

In Maersk Drilling it was decided to establish an internal Post Macondo Group and the remit was, based on the information as it became available, to evaluate and establish the condition of the barriers that was affected in this incident. This included both the ones that failed and the ones that worked.


Søren Risgaard Jeppesen is Head of QMHSE at Maersk Drilling in Copenhagen, Denmark and member of Senior Management. Previously Head of Operations HSE at Maersk Drilling in Copenhagen and before this Head of QMHSE at Maersk Drilling Norway in Stavanger. He is a Master Mariner from Svendborg Navigationsskole in Svendborg, Denmark where he graduated in 1989 and after having served as a Lieutenant in the Royal Danish Navy he started his seagoing career in the Danish Cruise and Ferry company DFDS.

From 1992 and until 2005 he served as a Mate and Master in the DFDS fleet as well as serving as a Nautical Superintendent at the company’s head quarter in Copenhagen.
From 1994 to 1998 he was a board member of the Danish Navigators Union and served as the union’s representative in the Court of Law on maritime affairs.

In 1995 he was on the first team that was certified as Safety and Health Instructors from the Danish Maritime Authority and btw 1995 and until 2007 he trained 200+ seafarers from Danish flagged vessels across the globe on HSE matters and Crew Resource Management. After a period of self employment as a consultant from 2005 till 2007 he joined Maersk Drilling and started working as a Barge Engineer in Norway and it was from this offshore position he transferred to an onshore position with Maersk Drilling Norway as a Head of QMHSE.