So searching for stock-related news on Transocean I came across this headline.
Transocean Sued By 2 More Seamen Left In Path Of Hurricane
Unfortunately I don’t have access. But in searching around I found enough bits and pieces to see this related to the Deepwater Asgard not getting out of the way of Hurricane Zeta in the GOM in late Oct 2020.
According to these lawyers (who also represented some of the El Faro and Deepwater Horizon cases), it looks like they are representing at least 3 crew members.
filed a case against Transocean and Beacon for leaving the crew of the Deepwater Asgard directly in the path of a hurricane. By doing this, these companies subjected the crew of this vessel, including our client, to extremely dangerous, life-threatening, and traumatizing conditions.
…In this case, these companies left their workers at the mercy of nature and luck. This is unacceptable, and our client deserves compensation for their negligence.
I’ve seen video and pictures of the aftermath. It was rough. There was significant damage to the rig. They probably should have un-latched and run. But compensation for negligence? Traumatized by the weather? Its a ship that was designed for survival in heavy weather, and it survived. Is this really actionable? Is there not an expectation of rough weather when you put to sea?
The workers were then left miles from help in volatile water. They relied on the mercy of Mother Nature to stay alive. Waiting out a hurricane in a home is bad enough—forcing others to endure one while stranded at sea is cruel and indefensible.
Further, the suit identifies “seaman” which I put in quotes in the title for a reason. The name of at least one of the individuals matches with an Electronics Technician that works for Transocean. ETs are not hired or used on the MSM as Seaman. Some hold credentials, but TOI rigs have actual Seamen onboard in that position. Regardless, am I wrong in thinking this is frivolous? (Or am I due compensation for the storms I’ve sailed through? /s)