Fire Temporarily Shuts-Down Discoverer Enterprise

Thursday, June 17, 2010
Ships and drilling rigs surround the Discoverer Enterprise as it continues to recover oil from the Deepwater Horizon drill site June 15, 2010. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Bob Laura.

At approximately 9:30 am CDT, Tuesday, June 15, a small fire was observed at the top of the derrick on the Discoverer Enterprise. The fire was quickly extinguished. The preliminary review indicates the fire was caused by a lightning strike. There were no injuries. All procedures were followed and, as a precaution, the LMRP containment operation was shut-down. All safety systems operated as designed. Final safety and operational assurance inspections are underway and operations are expected to recommence this afternoon.

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