GlobalSantaFe seeking to recover jack up adrift off Israel

GlobalSantaFe Corp., Houston, confirmed that a jack up under tow off Israel broke free of two of its three tugboat lines about 55 miles southwest of Haifa late Monday.

By the OGJ Online Staff

HOUSTON, Dec. 4 -- GlobalSantaFe Corp., Houston, confirmed that a jack up under tow off Israel broke free of two of its three tugboat lines about 55 miles southwest of Haifa late Monday.

The Key Singapore issued a distress signal 12:30 a.m. Israel time. None of the 84 oil workers on board were injured; they were all taken by helicopter to a US Navy vessel. Sixty-five are GlobalSantaFe employees.

The rig is still drifting. When the jack up is brought under control, the process of assessing any damage will begin, said GlobalSantaFe.

The Key Singapore, which was previously under contract to BP PLC, was being moved in bad weather to work off Port Said, Egypt, for Belayim Petroleum Co. (Petrobel), a joint venture of Egypt General Petroleum Co. and AGIP SPA of Italy.

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