With all the recent attention being paid to inappropriate behaviour by MMS regulators, Shell might find having the BSEE regulators on board a bit harder to handle than was previously the case with the MMS – with the age of the rigs, and the fact that one has been stacked for a long period, there is plenty that can go wrong.
Since Shell have 1200 lawyers, and the two Alaskan rigs will have government representatives on board, surely it would be a good idea to have a couple of lawyers on each rig to respond appropriately to questions from the government representatives and visitors from environmental organisations?
As employees of an oil company, Shell’s lawyers must surely be well versed in drilling operations. So I’m sure the 1960’s vintage accommodation for supernumeraries on the Discoverer won’t come as too much of a surprise, even if it is not quite up to the five star hotels where Shell’s lawyers normally stay. And I’m sure their offshore helicopter escape and survival training will be very useful in court.
Apart from anything else, the presence of a few lawyers on board should guarantee that no work actually gets done!