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Transocean rig stable after taking on water
Transocean Ltd. said Thursday that the deepwater drilling rig off Ghana that was evacuated Wednesday after it took on water remains stable. The company is working on unmooring the Transocean Marianas, which is anchored some 46 miles offshore, and plans to tow it to sheltered water to inspect damage, spokesman Guy Cantwell said. It will likely be at least a week before a full damage assessment can be made, Cantwell said. There have been no injuries and a skeleton crew remain aboard the vessel, Cantwell said. And because the rig was not drilling when it began taking on water, there is no risk of an oil spill. Transocean owned the Deepwater Horizon, which exploded last year while drilling a well for BP PLC (BP, BP.LN) in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 and touching off the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. Since then Transocean has faced scrutiny over its safety procedures and maintenance of the world's largest offshore drilling fleet. More than 100 workers were evacuated from the Marianas on Wednesday when it was discovered to have taken on water. A semisubmersible rig, the Marianas floats on large ballast tanks, or pontoons, which are filled with water for stability during drilling and emptied to ease transport. It was built in 1976 and upgraded to drill in depths up to 7,000 feet in 1998.
Transocean evacuates semi-sub off Ghana
All 108 nonessential personnel on a Transocean semi-submersible rig stationed in deep water off Ghana were evacuated after water was seen on board, PortNews reports. The Transocean Marianas, operated by Italy’s Eni, was not drilling and was preparing to move at the time the ingress was noticed aboard the rig, Transocean spokesman Guy Cantwell told Upstream. “All 108 nonessential staff have been evacuated as a precaution as per company policy,” Cantwell said, adding that 13 essential staff remained on board. "The rig is stable at this time. There were no injuries,” Cantwell said. The rig is understood to be partially moored.Upload News