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PACIFIC SHARAV Drilling Mud Release; GoM

GoM | 2018-Dec-01

Initial Notification: On December 1, 2018, the USCG notified NOAA SSC of a release of synthetic oil based mud to the seafloor. Drilling Rig Pacific Sharav made an emergency disconnect from the well head (6,800ft depth) due to rough seas and 90kt winds. Approximately 2282bbl of mud was released from the bottom of the riser. The drill ship later hooked back into the well without further incident. No sheen or evidence of product at the surface has been reported.

Incident Details
Primary threat:Oil
Products of concern:drilling mud
Total amount at risk of spill: 2,000 barrels
Latitude (approximate): 28° 22.60′ North
Longitude (approximate): 88° 13.80′ West