The Marine 4 Jackup Rocked By Explosion

Marine 4An explosion happened this morning at 4:30 a.m. on the jackup, Marine 4. The rig was working in Brazos Block 417 in approximately 91 feet of water on a turnkey contract with ADTI for William G. Helis. Brazos Block 417 is located approximately 26 miles southwest of Freeport in the Gulf of Mexico. The U.S. Coast Guard reports that they received word from the rig crew that an explosion had occurred and they were abandoning the jackup. Of the 40 crew members working aboard the rig at the time of the incident, 39 were able to board the escape capsules. One crewman remains unaccounted for. A search is underway to locate him and his family has been notified. The cause of the explosion is under investigation. Marine Drilling's Emergency Management Team has been deployed, the U. S. Coast Guard and Minerals Management Services have been notified and steps are presently underway with well control specialists to gain control of the well. The Marine 4 is owned by Marine Drilling Company and is Bethlehem JU-250-MS jackup rated to work in water depths up to 250 feet and was built in 1975 at Bethlehem Shipyard in Beaumont, Texas.