The drillship Glomar Java Sea was in-built 1975 by the Levingston Shipbuilding Company, because the sixth of a sequence designed by Global Marine. The 400 ft lengthy vessel was succesful to drill in water depths as much as 1,00zero ft. and preserve its location via a mooring system which consisted of 10 anchors. The Glomar Java Sea had been on rent to Atlantic Richfield (ARCO) because it had entered service. It left US waters for China in December 1982, and on arrival in Chinese waters commenced drilling operations for ARCO China. The drilling web site was positioned at about 63 miles south of Hainan Island in an space thought-about weak to tropical storms. On October 14, 1983, the tropical storm Lex was detected and alert was issued because the storm was approaching the Philippines. On October 22, the climate forecast positioned Lex 360 miles to the east winds gusting 40-50 knots. Arco determined to droop drilling operations, dangle off the drill string and pull out the riser. On October 25 Lex, with sustained wind speeds of 65 knots, was classed as a storm. The Glomar Java Sea was reported to experience nicely within the tough sea. At 20:00 the radio operator reported that the drillship was heaving 24 ft with winds as much as 65 knots. The Global Marine superintendant requested the crew to placed on their lifejackets. At 23:30 the Global Marine rig supervisor on board knowledgeable the corporate Vice-President in Houston that the drillship was experiencing a 15 diploma starboard listing and 75 knots winds. He mentioned that they didn’t know what was making the listing and that the drilling mud was pumped out of the tanks. The name was then reduce off and makes an attempt to re-establish it failed. At 23:51 the Glomar Java Sea capsized. The following day, the Nanhai 205 stand by vessel arrived on web site and located the anchor buoys in place with no signal of the ship. Diving expeditions had been organized and the vessel was discovered upturned with a part of the substructure buried within the seabed. In March 1984, 36 our bodies had been situated and 31 recovered from a complete of 81 crew members. A fantastic polemic appeared later, the Glomar Java Sea working in waters in dispute between China and Vietnam, was a spy ship used as a listening station by the CIA. The Vietnamese sank the ship, the lacking males being held in jail in Vietnam. But the Java Sea was not outfitted to spy for the CIA and the lacking our bodies had been most likely contained in the pilot home that was discovered buried within the seabed and inaccessible to divers.
The sinking of the Glomar Java Sea is the fifth most threatening accident of the offshore oil and gasoline business after the disasters of Piper Alpha, Alexander Kielland, Seacrest and Ocean Ranger.
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