The 97 expatriates held on the rigs include 35 British citizens and 17 Americans. Over 150 Nigerians are also being held, according to the Aberdeen-based Offshore Industry Liaison Committee (OILC).
"We are ready to act but we cannot move without the permission of the rig operators," one naval officer said. "We are right now holding an emergency meeting on the matter." Striking members of the blue-collar NUPENG union, who have continued the strike despite orders by their head office to halt it, have blocked access to the MG Hulme, Jr, Sedco 709, Trident VI and Trident VIII, operated by Transocean Inc. since April 16.
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