Jack-up Rig Collapses Offshore Congo

Thursday 04th July, 2013 - One of the three legs of the jack-up drilling rig 'Perro Negro 6', owned by Saipem collapsed which led to the capsizing of the rig which subsequently sunk near the Congo River.As reported, the accident is said to have occurred during the rig positioning operatrion on location, prior to starting drilling operations, between the coasts of Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo.The depth of water at the accident location was approximately 40 metres.The 103 crew members of the rig are reported to be taken off, but one was recorded as missing and another six incurred minor injuries.Saipem has reported that emergency procedures have promptly been activated to ensure the evacuation of the personnel on-board, and that so far no environmental impacts have been reported and all prevention measures are being implemented.

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