Regulator following up on GSF Grand Banks damage

Ashley Fitzpatrick
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File photo by Keith Gosse/The TelegramDrill rig GSF Grand Banks is seen in Conception Bay in this file photo. The mobile drilling unit was damaged Thursday when it was struck by an offshore supply vessel, the Maersk Detector. The offshore regulator has stated it is monitoring followup to the accident.

The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (CNLOPB) is monitoring Husky Energy's followup to an accident Thursday in which an offshore supply vessel collided with the mobile drill rig GSF Grand Banks.

The supply vessel, Maersk Detector, struck one of the columns of the drill rig at approximately 3:30 p.m.

GSF Grand Banks has been working on the E18-11 water injection well, as part of the West White Rose pilot program.

That work has been suspended while an investigation determines why the collision took place, according to Husky.

The regulator has stated it will provide updates on the rig as information becomes available.

The collision with the Maersk Detector resulted in damage to a drill rig column, yet the damage did not jeopardize the rig's stability, Husky Energy spokeswoman Colleen McConnell said.

"The rig is due for a regular maintenance off station in January, so we will consider whether or not we need to move this ahead, or do the repairs separately," Mc'Connell has told The Telegram.

Damage was also caused to the rear of the Maersk Detector, which was handling cargo at the time.

Staff of the rig were not evacuated. According to the CNLOPB, the Husky Incident Command Centre for major incidents was mobilized at the time, but has since stood down, as the situation is considered to be stable.

There have been no reported injuries or pollution resulting from the collision.


Organizations: Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board, Husky Energy, Husky Incident Command Centre

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Recent comments

  • Reginald
    November 29, 2011 - 22:27

    For those who reply based on what the media tells you: educate yourselves on the environment that this rig and supply vessel work in and the equipment that was damaged. as for the lines being damaged for the BOP , they have nothing to do with the actual shut in of the well and there are fail safes incorporated in the BOP for such instances of damage .

  • sheggy
    November 26, 2011 - 12:43

    This is not a Canadian rig as reported on CBS news. Transocean - again - & this particular vessel, in the past month alone, has dumped drilling mud into the sea & has broken cables connected to the blow-out preventer. It should be an interesting investigation to say the least.