Accident Kills One On Offshore Drillship Gulf of Mexico

Published at 08:40AM - 21/10/15

One offshore worker has been confirmed dead after an incident onboard a drillship operating in the Gulf of Mexico.

The incident took place onboard the Pacific Santa Ana, a drillship operated by Pacific Drilling, and currently leased to Chevron for work in the US Gulf of Mexico.

Chevron, Pacific Drilling and the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), have all confirmed that a worker was fatally injured, although no further details have been release into the incident or the identity of the offshore worker.

Pacific Drilling, in a statement said: ”Our prayers and thoughts are with the family of our colleague and our Pacific Drilling family closely associated with him,”

Chevron confirmed that drilling operations onboard the drillship had since been shutdown and that there ware no other injuries associated with the incident.

The BSEE said that all other personnel remain in place onboard the drillship, and that no damage to the environment or pollution has been reported.

Offshore Investigation

The BSEE along with the US Coast Guard have travelled out to the drillship to begin investigating the incident.  It is believed that the BSEE have begun collecting evidence and taking statements from all oil and gas workers onboard.

The Pacific Santa Ana drillship remains on location at the Chevron Anchor discovery in the Green Canyon Block 807, where it had recently finished drilling and appraisal well.