Did you guys see this? Does anyone know anything more?
[I]gCaptain just received word that the [I]Marianas[/I], a Transocean-owned semi-submersible drilling rig on contract with ENI S.p.A has evacuated 108 non-essential personnel after a large crack developed in one of its pontoons while conducting anchor retrieval operations off Nigeria.[/I]
[I]The rig began to take on water and began to list, however the rig’s crew has since been able to stabilize the situation. There was no report of any environmental impact.[/I]
[I]Oddly enough, the [I]Marianas[/I] was the same rig that initially “spudded” the ill-fated Macondo well that led to last year’s tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico. This rig was initially named “Tharos” and designed as a floating “fire truck” of sorts for the North Sea, however it was later converted to a drilling rig and renamed after it’s design proved highly ineffective during the Piper Alpha disaster that occurred 23 years ago on this date.[/I]