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Equipment Fails on Shell Gulf of Mexico Drilling Rig

Screen Shot 2014-02-10 at 16.29.29Extracts from an article published by The Maritime Executive on 11 June 2014

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is responding to an equipment failure on board the Deepwater Nautilus semisubmersible drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 100 miles south of Fourchon, La. The offshore oil and gas operator, Shell Offshore Inc., reported that on June 9 during well operations, the rig’s traveling block fell. The traveling block is a large piece of equipment that supports the top drive which rotates drill pipe. There are no reports of injuries to personnel. There is no reported pollution.

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