Petrobras To Extend Probes Into Recent Rig Sinking

Tuesday, April 17, 2001
Brazil's state oil giant Petrobras said on Tuesday it would extend the investigation of last month's sinking of its biggest offshore oil rig beyond this Friday's deadline.

Petrobras reportedly said that the investigation commission and representatives of Norway's shipping classification agency Det Norske Veritas, which is acting as an independent consultant in the probe, had asked for more time.

Company officials cited "complexity of works" as the main reason for the delay. The platform, known as P-36 and which Petrobras said was the world's biggest deepwater rig, is lying on the sea floor at a depth of 4,500 ft. (1,360 m).

Three powerful blasts rocked the rig last month, killing 11 crew and making it lose stability and sink five days afterwards off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state, despite risky and expensive salvage attempts.

Some experts have said it would be all but impossible to detect what had caused the blasts. On April 20, which was the initial deadline, the commission will present its preliminary report with some thoughts on the reasons of the tragedy outlined and also with an estimate of how much time the commission would need to finish the probe.

Petrobras officials have said that in two to two-and-a-half years the company would receive a new rig to substitute the sunken $360 million one. The rig accounted for about 6 percent of Petrobras', and Brazil's, crude output.

Maritime Reporter April 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Legal

Khamenei Says Iran Nuclear Weapons are a U.S. "Myth"

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told military commanders on Sunday the United States had created the "myth" of nuclear weapons to portray Iran as a threat,

PSV Launching Ceremony at Gondan

At high tide today at Gondan Shipyard in Figueras, the New PSV (TBN) for the Norwegian Ship-Owner, Simon Møkster Shipping, was launched. Different personalities

New CEO for Evergas

Evergas has appointed Steffen Jacobsen as CEO of the company as of 8 May 2015 Mr. Jacobsen joined Evergas 1 February 2015 as Vice President, Fleet after almost 35 years in Maersk.

Offshore

Chevron Hires Norce Endeavour for Thailand Ops

Solstad Offshore ASA (SOFF) has fixed the 2011-built 18,000 dwt crane barge Norce Endeavour to Chevron for work in Thailand next year for around 200 days.   Solstad

2 Damen Tugs for KOTUG’s European Harbor Towage

Damen Shipyards Group delivered two sister tugs ATD 2412 ‘ZP Bison’ and ‘ZP Bear’ to strengthen KOTUG’s European Harbour Towage. On April 8th 2015, the sister

PSV Launching Ceremony at Gondan

At high tide today at Gondan Shipyard in Figueras, the New PSV (TBN) for the Norwegian Ship-Owner, Simon Møkster Shipping, was launched. Different personalities

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Pipelines Pod Propulsion Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Repair
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1351 sec (7 req/sec)