Grounded drillship successfully moved from Corpus Christi port entrance

The drillship DPDS1, which had been grounded in the access channel to the Port of Corpus Christi after being dislodged by Hurricane Harvey, has been safely recovered and removed according to the US Coast Guard (USCG).

Owned by Houston-based rig operator Paragon Offshore, the ship had run aground in Aransas Pass after the force of the storm broke its moorings.

The 450-foot DPDS1, which had been stacked since November 2014, was salvaged in a combined effort of Paragon, a salvage company, the Port Authority, port pilots and the USCG.

Some damage was detected in the vessel’s topside but none in the hull and no pollution was reported.

It was taken to Gulf Marine Fabricators in Corpus Christi.

The Port of Corpus Christi is open but only for ships with a draft not exceeding 43 feet.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.
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