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Post-mortem on Shell Noble Discoverer “grounding”

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John,

I would like to point out that while at high tide the Shell/Noble Discoverer drill ship that slipped it anchor may indeed not have run aground  per se,(or grounded in a very muddy bottom preventing any damage) the photos show that at low tide the ship may have indeed been resting on good old ‘terra firma’. This seems to be readily apparent from elevated position of the bow of the ship in some of the photos, as well as the proximity of land to the stern of the vessel (we are talking a few ten’s of feet here at the most, and the draft of that vessel is reported to be 26 feet.’).

I will bet Shell/Noble drilling waited until high tide to move that vessel so they could put as much water under the keel of the vessel as possible. (Come on, all you old salts and salvage experts, let’s hear what you think).

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