Keppel unit in Guinness World Records as largest offshore rig manufacturer

Keppel Fels, a unit of Keppel Offshore & Marine, has been awarded the title of largest offshore rig manufacturer by the Guinness World Records. -- PHOTO: KEPPEL CORPORATION
Keppel Fels, a unit of Keppel Offshore & Marine, has been awarded the title of largest offshore rig manufacturer by the Guinness World Records. -- PHOTO: KEPPEL CORPORATION

SINGAPORE - Keppel Fels, a unit of Keppel Offshore & Marine, has been awarded the title of largest offshore rig manufacturer by the Guinness World Records.

Keppel Fels managing director Wong Kok Seng said in a recent note to The Straits Times: "For this achievement to have been possible, all aspects of our business had to be in good order. All our departments - marketing, engineering, procurement, logistics, planning, project management, production, operations, among others - had to be fighting fit and punching above their weight."

Keppel Fels is a major player in designing, constructing and repairing these rigs.

In 2013, it had set a new industry record when it completed and delivered 21 offshore rigs to customers.

The firm noted that this is the most number of rig deliveries by a company in a single year.

Early this year, Keppel Fels applied to Guinness for official endorsement, and it took more than six months for the process, as detailed documentation was required.

These included a report detailing the 21 rigs which must be audited by a certified audit firm pre-approved by Guinness.

Keppel Fels did so, engaging external audit firm Deloitte & Touche.

On Oct 30, Guinness told the company that it has finally completed the assessment of all the documents submitted, and awarded Keppel Fels the record title, known as, "Largest manufacturer of offshore rigs - current".