OCEAN GREAT WHITE SUFFERS MAJOR ACCIDENT IN WEST OF SHETLAND
On February 1, 2024, the ultra-deepwater semi-submersible Ocean Great White contracted by bp lost its riser at about 125 miles West of the Shetland. Drilling operations had been suspended and he riser had been disconnected from the BOP amidst harsh weather conditions. No injuries to personnel, no structural integrity on the Ocean Great White, and no environmental damage were reported.
Diamond Offshore and bp are now investigating the causes that led to the riser loss.
The Ocean GreatWhite, one the largest semi-submersible drilling rig in the world, is a Moss Maritime CS-60E ultra-deepwater harsh-environment unit built by Hyundai Heavy Industries at Ulsan Shipyard, South Korea.
The semi-submersible arrived at the port of Kishorn on the West coast of Scotland in January 2019. bp secured the Ocean Great White in August 2022 for a five-well drilling campaign in West of Shetland.
(Source and image: Diamond Offshore – Ocean Great White leaving Kishorn Bay in March 2023)