Thursday, October 14, 2010

End of an Era?

With the announcement that Sable gas would not be expanding their operation, came another that Rowan was laying off its Nova Scotia workers. With no offshore drilling planned the jack-up rig Rowan Gorilla III moved into Halifax this morning.
The tug Ryan Leet and tug/suppliers Maersk Challenger and Venture Sea towed the rig into port where it was handed off to the harbour tugs Atlantic Oak, Atlantic Larch and Atlantic Fir. They moved the rig from anchorage #1 to the Woodside dock.
With no work for the rig in these waters, it will surely be re-deployed. Now that deep water drilling is on again in the Gulf of Mexico that seems a likely destination.

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