Drilling rig submerges, 101 crew safe

The tilting drilling rig on Monday

MIRI: All 101 crew members of a jack-up drilling rig NAGA 7 were evacuated after it tilted 10 degrees to port-side while being positioned at Salam-3 located off the shore of Sarawak.  

In a statement released today (May 4), ConocoPhillips Sarawak Ltd confirmed the marine incident happened at approximately 2.45pm on Monday (May 3).  

“Our Emergency Response Team was mobilised and other relevant authorities were informed,” added the statement.

ConocoPhillips Sarawak Ltd also confirmed that all persons on board were evacuated with no known injuries.

As of 7.45 this morning (May 4), it was confirmed that NAGA 7 had submerged.

It is learnt that all the crew members were taken to the Offshore Transit Centre (OTC) in Miri and that they would be undergoing a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

ConocoPhillips Sarawak Ltd emphasised that its utmost priority was the safety of the people and the environment.

The NAGA 7, owned by Malaysian public-listed company, Velesto Energy Bhd was built in 2015 with the capability to operate in a water depth of up to 114 metres and drilling to up to 9,144 metres.