Coast Guard Continues to Monitor Grounded Rig

Salvage efforts continue on the Dolphin 111 that has been aground since March 21, 2007, approximately one mile offshore and six miles south of the Port Aransas, Texas jetties.

Last week, members of Titan Maritime positioned a lift boat next to the Dolphin 111 and began transferring equipment from the lift boat to the disabled rig.

Over the last five days divers have been able to conduct underwater inspections of the rig to determine its condition. Using the rig's own jacking system, the salvors were able to bring the hull approximately 4 feet above the water and efforts are underway to dewater compartments that flooded when it was partially submerged.

The rig sustained extensive damage from the constant pounding of heavy seas since it ran aground. In the near term, the salvage team will work to seal the compartments and breaches to the hull so the rig can be re-floated.

Once the rig is re-floated, the owner intends to have it towed to Kiewitt Offshore Services in Ingleside for additional repairs.

Repairs are expected to take several days, depending on weather conditions in the area.

Coast Guard and Texas General Land Office personnel will oversee the removal and disposal of any oily water that may be left on board from the rig's storage tanks and machinery spaces.

The Dolphin 111 is owned by Nabors International with offices in Houston, Texas.

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