Tagged With oil rigs

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The US Coast Guard reports that an oil platform 27.3km south-east of Grand Isle, Louisiana owned by the Houston-based firm Black Elk Energy caught fire this morning. It has confirmed that two people are dead and two are missing. While it's impossible not to think immediately of 2010's Deep Water Horizon disaster, it's too early to tell the extent of the damage so far.

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Though they weigh as much as 55,000 tonnes, the massive semi-submersible oil rigs dotting the Gulf of Mexico can still sink when faced with a hurricane's onslaught. And there's only one way to pull the rigs' 6800-tonne decks off the seafloor after such a catastrophe — with America's heaviest-lifting ship, the VB 10,000.