Transocean has donated 15 tons of food stores to a host of charities local to Shell’s Arctic drilling base, in Port Angeles, USA.
The offshore oil and gas drilling contractor, donated the stores through its semisubmersible drilling rig Polar Pioneer, as it readied to move from the US port back to Europe, after Shell axed its Arctic ambitions earlier this year.
The 15 tons of stores, amounting to around US$40,000, were donated to the Clallam County food bank.
Executive director of Clallam County Food Bank, Jessica Hernandez, said: This is huge for us. It was all hands on deck,”
The food bank works as a collective, including, Sequim Food Bank, Port Angeles Salvation Army and Olympic Community Action Programs’ Senior Nutrition Program and area tribes.
Ms Hernandez told press that the donation included large amounts of frozen meat and dry goods, noting that the donation would help the food banks supply the community through to the spring.
The food will now be divided and distributed to smaller food banks throughout Clallam County.
Ms Hernandes said the supervisor who delivered the food from the Polar Pioneer, did so anonymously, not giving the name of the company making the donation.
Talking of the donation, food bank warehouse manager, Kevin Perry, told the press that the food bank arranged for an ‘army of volunteers’ to collect the stores from Port Angeles key side. Mr Perry said: “By the time they were done, there were 16 pallets,”
Transocean Polar Pioneer
Having axed its Arctic oil and gas ambitions back in September, Shell has ordered the deepwater semisubmersible drilling rig to leave the region. The Polar Pioneer is now heading to European waters, on the back of the giant Dockwise Vanguard semisubmersible heavy lift ship.