Here We Go Again: RIG Stock Drops Following Report Transocean Marianas Rig In Danger Of Sinking

Tyler Durden's picture

It's deja vu all over again. From Bud's Offshore Energy: "We just received word this morning that the Transocean Marianas rig  has developed a large crack in one of the pontoons on the #5/#6 anchor chain locker while they were picking up anchors, and is currently taking on water and listing.  The bilge pumps are keeping up (barely), but there’s certainly concern that it might sink on location. So far, 68 people have been evacuated from location. According to RigZone, the Marianas was working offshore Nigeria. [Per one of our readers, (see comment below) Petrodata shows the rig operating offshore Ghana.] More:  The Marianas, spudded the Macondo in October, 2009, but was damaged by Hurricane Ida and towed to shore.  The Deepwater Horizon was the rig that replaced the Marianas."

The ultradeepwater semi rig in question is located off the coast of West Africa according to Rig Zone.

We will try to get secondary confirmation shortly.

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Oh regional Indian's picture

What was that about the rhyme/repeat of history?

Exactly. I think 2011, in hindsight, will prove to be the turning/tipping point.

Man+Technology = Epic Failure


GeneMarchbanks's picture

Man + collective inability to understand the exponential function = Disaster of biblical proportion.

But agree about the 2011 part and also you might add: 2012, 2013, 2014 etc etc.

macholatte's picture

"History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme."
  --  Mark Twain

cpnscarlet's picture

Man+Technology = Epic Failure


Just call the Thunderbirds.

flacorps's picture

This seems more run-of-the-mill debacle than Wexelblat disaster, though Lloyds can't be happy.

Query why pontoons aren't filled with expanding foam or compartmentalized or somesuch so that cracks are a negligible threat?

Dr. Engali's picture

They will bury this in the press too. Oil in the water (under Obummer) is good for us now.

NotApplicable's picture

I'm guessing that if they were picking up anchors, then they were not drilling at the time. So, instead of tons of oil, perhaps it will just be tons of oil rig.

That Peak Oil Guy's picture

Given it is off-shore Africa, we probably won't hear about it even if millions of barrels spill.


Sudden Debt's picture

Oil can sometimes turn into fertilizer. It depends on which side of the ocean you spill it.

Those Africans should be so greatful...

The least the government should do is make their "gift" to those poor Africans tax deductible. It may inspire others to be as generous.


Dr. Engali's picture

Tyler how about a that's funny button instead of a like button?

trav7777's picture

I thought maybe they were drilling in the Marianas Trench

cougar_w's picture

Ha. Or the rig will sink in place right over the well head taking out the BOP and burying the site under 100 vertical feet of metal scrap.

I have an active imagination.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

There is usually a very fine line between active imagination and active delusions. Unless (of course) you are a Fed Chairsatan or any politician or bankster or corporate CEO or financial elite or..........  :)

cougar_w's picture

... or fiction writer. Yeah yeah get your hits in while you can, one of these days I'll be famous, Amos.

In the meantime, can you lend me 50 bucks? I've got a sure winner down at the tracks.

NotApplicable's picture

Now that's just crazy talk.

slaughterer's picture

Transocean.  Same criminals, same fuck ups, same lame crisis management.  Welcome to deja vu world.

Dr. Engali's picture

Groundhog day. Next up....invade an oil rich nation. Iran anybody?

Cassandra Syndrome's picture

The system is so rigged....

Dr. Engali's picture

Okay that one was so bad even Rodney Dangerfield wouldn't touch it.

monopoly's picture

That is what makes this site so amazing. I have RIG on my scans and looked everywhere for news, Nada, 0. And here it is.

Thank you Tyler.

Oh, no position.

zorba THE GREEK's picture

 If they were picking up the anchors, then it's doubtful they were pumping oil. The well was

 probably capped so there shouldn't be an oil spill, which would make this only a minor incident.

monopoly's picture

Good point zorba, if true, could be a buy down here. NP

Urban Redneck's picture

I would characterize it as non-environmental incident (hopefully), since these rigs are HUGE.

GT (Gross Tonnage): 20,461
NT (Net Tonnage): 6,138
DWT (Deadweight): 10,100
Length 264 ft  80 m 
Breadth 197 ft  60 m 
Depth 122 ft  37 m 
Winches 4 x Amclyde CTW-375 winches 
Wire/Chain 8 x 9,400ft x 3¾in cable; 8 x 2,500ft x 3¼in K4 chain 
Anchors 8 x 18mt Stevpris anchors



28MW of generators and 777,000 gallons of fuel to run them.

scatterbrains's picture

On the other hand if the well head was blown out with oil gushing everywhere wouldn't you expect them to add a comment like "we were pulling up anchor at the time. Everything is under control"

buzzsaw99's picture

They probably had $10/day nigerian temp. laborers managing the move. lulz

Sudden Debt's picture

It will make a nice artificial reef.


snakehead's picture

No sweat. It's flagged under the Marshall Islands.  

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Aren't the Marshall Islands expected to be under like around 5 feet of water pretty soon? Or do I have my sinking islands mixed up? Or is that tipping islands?

This is all very confusing. Damn you MSM.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Well........those anchor chains are really heavy.

Oh, we're talking ocean oil rigs and not captive populations. My bad, nothing to see here.

slewie the pi-rat's picture

irrespective of what the facts are, we need some damage control, so let's try to get the spin straight now, ok?

the pontoons were engineered and built to only have small leaks and cracks.  who could have forseen that the anchor winches could stress the pontoons?  this is, indeed, a black swan.

whoopsing's picture

Are they blaming the issue on the winch's Slewie?

slewie the pi-rat's picture

not that i know of, whoop, which is why i wrote this:

irrespective of what the facts are, we need some damage control, so let's try to get the spin straight now, ok?

what "inspired" me to joke around abt this severe situ, especially when people may still be on the rig, in danger, was the FACT that evacuations have taken place and this is what is made public---and the source for the story is not named...

now we have a source and an update:  Transocean Marianas Oil Rig In Danger Of Sinking [BREAKING NEWS REPORT] | gCaptain

which actually explains why the rig is most probably not "in danger of sinking", of course...

they winched the anchor, which punctured the pontoon, now being reported; 108 evacuated, 13 remain.  one degree of list. that is not a typo.  one degree of list.  so, the original report was certainly factual that there was list!  and now, the pumps are keeping up just fine, too.  never fear! 

now, it is still "believed" there was damage to the #5 & #6 chain lockers. 

now we can understand that the pontoon "developed a large crack" b/c somebody winched an anchor thru the puppy!  soon we shall hopefully hear that the chain lockers are (blessedly) ok, and it was a mechanical or electrical malfunction, and that the offending winch, or part,  has been forced to walk the plank, no doubt;... altho there was unauthorized scuttlebutt about a "moving party"; no details we ever revealed, officially;  no blood alcohol levels were taken (sweet blessings, indeed).  full report to follow in seven months.

hey, at least everybody is ok!  yay!

shano's picture

oh that was a really fine post, lol


you may be right!  even funnier!

Gubbmint Cheese's picture

Analysts say need to replace lost rig is bullish for metal companies.


ReallySparky's picture

So this rumor cost Paulson some money today. 


shano's picture

be afraid, be very, very afraid of the boob bombs

Crabshack's picture

Tsunami warning after 7.8 quake for New Zealand

Smiddywesson's picture

They wouldn't be drilling while moving heavy items like anchors to increase production, would they?  I mean, there are rules for this...right?

Do we always evacuate when things are "under control?"

Seems to me, that is the tell.

It wasn't an anchor that hit the pylon, it was a neon green sperm whale from Japan.

Atomizer's picture

 White Star Line Ships - The Sequel

Jim in MN's picture

Another worker on Transocean's Marianas rig said that the safety manual seemed to be “written for the courtroom, not the oil field.”--NY Times, last year

Glug glug glug.  Hope no one is hurt.

Jim in MN's picture

Quite a history since launching in 1979:

Sep 27, 2005 – Transocean Inc. reported that its moored semisubmersible rig Transocean Marianas was forced off its drilling location during Hurricane Rita...

Sep 15, 2008 – Transocean's semi-submersible Marianas drilling rig drifted two miles from its mooring in the Gulf of Mexico because of Hurricane Ike....

I think the current contract is with ENI, or at least that's who chartered the towage from the GoM to Ghana...

Ah, yes, ENI.  Good details here: