“Request assistance a.s.a.p. … We are an offshore drilling platform … Winds at this time are approx…. 75 knots.. . Rig is of semisubmersible build … is listing severely 12° to 14°portside.”
These were the last words to come from the oil rig Ocean Ranger. The largest offshore oil rig in operation at the time, investigators found poor design, poor maintenance and inspections, and poor training all contributed to the disaster. In the wake of the recent BP/Transocean Gulf explosion and spill, does this all sound familiar?