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Qatari rig keels over

Doha: A sheered jack up leg saw a 2014-built Qatari accommodation rig keel over on Sunday. The Rumailah, owned by Gulf Drilling International, suffered what the Qatari firm described a “punch-through incident” while working at the Maersk Oil-operated Al Shaheen field off Qatar, one of the world’s largest oil fields.

The crew were unharmed and escaped via lifeboats.

The rig has been sent to a local Nakilat yard for repairs which will last many months.

The rig was on a three year contract with Maersk Oil through to June 2017.


Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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