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Shell’s fleet of ancient rust buckets fit only for the scrapyard

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By John Donovan

In June 2015, I published an article by a regular contributor about the notorious Noble Discoverer, one of two drill ships used by Shell in their notorious offshore Alaska drilling campaign.

The insider described Shell’s fleet of five vessels sent into Arctic waters as ancient rust buckets fit only for the scrapyard.  

Apparently an entirely appropriate assessment, as I understand from a different source that the Noble Discover may well be on her way now to the infamous Alang shipbreaker yards in India.

Shell’s Alaska drilling debacle was a spectacular public display of fiasco, negligence and deceit. Tax dodging was put before the safety of offshore workers.  

Shell abandoned its Arctic drilling plans after spending $7bn.

Some senior executives responsible for the debacle have been dismissed. 

Shell’s blunders and the consequential global PR damage seem to have also ended the ambitions of rival oil companies such as ConocoPhillips. 

Shell ended up being named as the most hated company in the world. and its sister non-profit websites,,,,,, and are owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia feature.

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