In the night of February 2, at 19:22 the Scottish coastguards acquired a mayday name from the Valaris DS-Four when the vessel started to float with out energy. The vessel was moored close to Hunterston Terminal, at Fairlie between the mainland and the Isle of Cumbrae, situated on the western coast of Scotland.
The quayside mooring failed in very excessive winds. A crew of eight, managed to drop anchors and succeeded in immobilizing the drillship some 150/200 meters off the berth.
The coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Prestwick and coastguard rescue groups from Largs, Ardrossan, Ayr, Gourock and Cumbrae have been all despatched out within the night time.
The DS-Four engines have been later restored and the ship’s technical managers labored with the Port Authority to return the ship to a spot of security.
A spokesperson for Noah Shipmanagement who handle the Valaris DS4 mentioned: “The vessel stays in place within the Hunterston Channel, safely anchored and along with her engines and thrusters operational, ought to they be required.”
It is predicted the drillship will probably be moved again to the quayside when the climate improves.
The ultra-deepwater drillship was delivered from the Daewoo Geoje shipyard in South Korea in 2010. Named Deep Ocean Clarion, it was a part of the Pride Global fleet earlier than acquisition by Ensco in 2011.
According to the Infield rig database the Valaris DS-Four was beforehand chilly stacked within the Canary Islands. The vessel arrived in Scotland on the finish of December 2020
(Source: BBC/Largs & Milport/Maritime Bulletin – Image: YouTUBE video/STV News)
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