Oil rig navigates stormy seas after towline breaks


(SPRINGDALE, Newfoundland) — Crewmembers on an oil rig being towed to a U.S. shipyard were praised for their actions by the rig owner after the vessel lost its tow and spent two days on its own in the stormy North Atlantic, the Nor'wester reported. GSF Grand Banks was being pulled south by Atlantic Hawk last week when the towline broke about 195 miles east of Sable Island, Nova Scotia. The crew of the rig used the vessel's thrusters to navigate in heavy seas, said a spokesman for rig owner Transocean.

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By Professional Mariner Staff