Originally Posted by spartacus
I know it's an accident, but something that could have been avoided, or at the very least they should have had a contingency in place. Forecast was for high winds last Thursday, so they send one tug to haul a 17,000 tonne rig in what was likely to be less than suitable conditions. The nearest Maritime and Rescue tug was 14 hours away based in Orkney. If this rig had been under contract to one of the oil giants and was being towed to a drilling position somewhere in the Atlantic to work, you can bet there would have been logistics planning as long as your arm.
It was on route to Malta I'd imagine for cheaper cold layup
Call me cynical but I'd wager the operators are clapping their hands (in private of course) at this outcome
There's loads of rigs laid up all around the world
Of course it could have been avoided but only if they want to avoid it