TRAPPED IN THE HEART OF HURRICANE IDA NOBLE GLOBETROTTER II SUFFERS SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE
Noble Corporation announced that all personnel onboard the Pacific Sharav, Noble Globetrotter I, and Noble Globetrotter II ultra-deepwater drillships in the US Gulf of Mexico are safe and accounted for following Hurricane Ida. Each rig successfully secured its respective well in progress and took evasive actions to avoid the storm’s path. Of the three, the Noble Globetrotter II is the only vessel that encountered hurricane-force conditions. The vessel maintained stability throughout the weather event and is operating on its own power with functional marine and safety systems. A full assessment of its condition will be completed as soon as the weather clears.
AccuWeather reported: “On Saturday afternoon (28 August), Ida began to rapidly intensify over the Gulf Coast, with wind speeds increasing from 85 mph to 105 mph, making the storm a Category 2 hurricane (maximum sustained winds of 96 to 110 mph) on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Early on Sunday morning (29 August), Ida again strengthened into a major Category 3 hurricane, then quickly became a Category 4, packing 150 mph sustained winds at its peak on Sunday morning.”
According to the New York Post, “the crew on the Noble’s Globetrotter II drillship, located about 100 miles from Louisiana’s shore, said they rode out the storm as 80-foot waves and 150 mile an hour winds battered the ship. The crew said Noble Corporation and Shell were supposed to rescue them, but help never arrived.”
Crew member said that the drillship was taking water at the stern and that four workers has been injured.
On Tuesday the crew members was safely airlifted from the damaged drillship.
About 85% of the Gulf’s natural gas production had been halted, according to the federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.
Workers were evacuated from half of the 560 production platforms in the Gulf, according to the bureau.
(Source: Noble Corporation/New York Post/AccuWeather – Image: Globetrotter II trough the Zika Storm/Mooktie Media)
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