HOUSTON — Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Galveston personnel continue to work closely with representatives from ENSCO to recover the submerged jackup ENSCO 74.
The ENSCO 74 is submerged approximately 24 feet below the surface of the water, 70 miles southeast of Galveston Island. The ENSCO 74 is an independent leg, jackup that was displaced from South Marsh Island (SM 149) off the coast of Louisiana during Hurricane Ike.
A Coast Guard senior marine inspector onboard the motor vessel Northern Canyon discovered the rig while investigating the cause of the damage to the tank ship SKS Satilla. No pollution has been observed in the vicinity of the submerged jackup.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service Houston-Galveston are issuing a broadcast notice to mariners hourly. The tug boat Crosby Eagle remains on location and the motor vessel Inez McCall is on-scene conducting a sonar survey in the vicinity of the ENSCO 74 in preparation for salvage operations.
Coast Guard personnel are working closely with ENSCO representatives, the Texas General Land Office, the United States Mineral Management Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to mitigate any hazards to navigation and potential threats to the environment.