In Island Drilling there is a short communication-path from the rig to the office.

This creates room for transparency, honesty and a closer unity, but is also an important key towards making quick decisions. We are a small organization, and our strength is our adaptability!




Island Drilling was established in 2006 by industry veterans and Island Offshore, the leading global player in well intervention, to build and own special purpose semi-submersible rigs for heavy well intervention operations, including coil tubing operations, through tubing rotary drilling (TTRD).

It was meant to complement the fleet of light well intervention vessels. The design was however expanded to encompass full drilling capability in Harsh Environment service.

The company took delivery of the rig from China’s Cosco Zhoushan Shipyard in 2012. After successfully drilling wells since 2013, the vessel has proved its ability to operate in harsh environment covering the North Sea, Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea. 




To be the preferred drilling and well contractor in the North Sea and other selected areas.


We provide our customers with cost-efficient solutions while maintaining excellent operational and QHSE performance, through innovation and in a sustainable manner.

Our Values


Roger Simmenes

+47 55 20 30 40

Mr. Simmenes represent more than 30 years experience from drilling and well operations on the Norwegian and UK continental shelf. He has served as EVP of Odfjell Drilling with responsibility for a total of 22 drilling units in Norway and abroad – Including Shtokman Field on Russian Continental shelf. He also served as CEO of North Sea Drilling group and of Bergen Group.

Mr. Simmenes has extensive experience as board director of several companies.

Geir Dombestein

QHSES manager / CSO

+47 915 68 856

Geir represent more than 30 years of experience in drilling related industries.  His experience encompasses serving as QHES manager for Odfjell Drilling Technology, Sartor Shipping and North Sea Drilling Group.

He maintains contact with class and statutory authorities. 

Frode Losnedal

Operations & Commercial Manager

+47 952 08 888

Senior upstream manager with professional background within operations management including oganisational and structural business development. More than 30 years of experience in the energy sector, where 20+ years through business and organisation development. Lately, through a first mover initiatives in the energy transition, built extensive competence and expertise in the complete CCS value chain.

Glenn Richard Bysveen

Manager Business Development

+47 916 63 463

Glenn has worked at Equinor for the past 12 years in various departments, with contracts as the main field. His main area of expertise has been mobile drilling units since 2016. 

In addition, Glenn has many years of experience from international business. 

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Høgni Brimheim Gunnarsson

Finance Manager

+47 911 19 245

Høgni has 8 years of experience with financial controlling and management. Auditing experience from BDO, KPMG and PwC. He has held different Finance Manager and CFO roles, in a variety of industries, including the oil and gas industry.

Masters degree in Business and Administration, University of Stavanger. Masters degree in Accounting and auditing, Norwegian School of Economics

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Rune Arnøy

HR Manager

+47 482 11 353

Rune has worked in the offshore & shipping industry for the last 30 years. He has extensive experience with HR/QHSE from offshore/shipping companies operating internationally, this includes North Sea Shipping, Bergen Group & MacGregor/TTS. Among other positions he served 6 years as VPHR in Bergen Group ASA.

Jan Fredrik Dale

Technical / Maintenance Manager

+47 480 00 992

Jan Fredrik is a key member of the Island Drilling senior management team, and responsible for the operation of Island Innovator. He has served the drilling industry for more than 30 years. 

Jan Fredrik has international experience and a long exposure to major operators on both the NCS, Brazil and UKCSS.

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Cato Landsvik

Rig Manager

+47 926 13 490

Cato has built up more than 25 years of experience in Odfjell Drilling AS. He was introduced to Island Innovator in 2011 as the first Rig Manager for the Semi-Submersible unit on behalf of Odfjell during their management (2011-2018). Cato has also studied business development with digitalisation and green shift (ESG), Logistic, and leading personnel.

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Geir Skjevik

Rig Manager

+47 416 17 641

Geir has worked in the industry since 1992; offshore in most positions within drilling, floating rigs etc. before going onshore in 2004 as Assistant Operations Manager and Operations Manager for Odfjell Drilling, Heidrun TLP mm until the end of 2013. He then continued at Saipem as Rig Manager until 2019 before joining as General Manager in Bewi Energy.

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Jan Torvald Skaala

ITC Manager

+47 906 31 575

After 4 years in the energy sector Jan joined the management group in september 2023. He has worked in the offshore & shipping industry for more than 10 years. He has extensive experience with ITC and digitization from energy and offshore companies. Among other positions he served 13 years as ICT Manager in Bergen Group ASA.

Kjetil Forland

Operation Manager

+47 932 40 027

Kjetil has 28 years’ experience with a demonstrated history from offshore E&P, oil services, rig, and offshore operations as well as financial and corporate activity.

He has a degree in management from BI (Norwegian Business School) and business economist from NHH, (Norwegian School of Economics).


Morten Ulstein

Chairman of the Board

Mr. Ulstein represent over 25 years’ experience in the offshore and marine sectors – both as investor and in various CEO positions (Rolls Royce Marine, Vickers Ulstein Marine Systems, Ulstein Industrier). Founder and chairman of Island Offshore – the most successful and fastest growing well intervention company to date. Responsible for managing the Ulstein family’s investment companies

Trond Mohn

Director of the Board

Mr. Mohn is a Norwegian businessman and philanthropist. He was the owner and chief executive officer of the family-owned company Frank Mohn AS. Presently, Mr. Mohn is Chairman for Frank Mohn Fusa AS, Chairman for Frank Mohn Services AS, Chairman for Wimoh AS and Chairman for Meteva AS. Mr. Mohn is also on the board of SpareBank 1 Nord-Norge and Norsk Treningshelse AS. He gained his degree in Economics at University of Mannheim, Germany in 1970.

Gary J. Chouest

Director of the Board

Mr. Chouest serves as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Offshore Service Vessels, LLC (formerly, Edison Chouest Offshore L.L.C.). Mr. Chouest working in Edison Chouest Offshore L.L.C. and related companies since 1965.Through this position, he’s played a foundational role in shaping the Gulf Coast’s deepwater boat industry into the booming business it is today. He is a Manager of Island Offshore Shipholding LP.



Our main office is located on Sandsli right outside of Bergen, Norway. We also have offices in Stavanger, Norway for Business Development and Aberdeen, Scotland for local support when operating in UK.

Bergen Office
Sandslimarka 61-63, 5254 Sandsli

Stavanger Office
FOMO Works, Grenseveien 21, 4313 Sandnes

Aberdeen Office
Spaces, Marischal Square, Broad Street, Aberdeen