Transocean Accident Lawyers
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Transocean is a global offshore drilling corporation that owns and operates a series of rigs in the ocean, including ultra-deep-water, harsh environment, and midwater rigs. Founded in 1954, Transocean is the largest company of its kind by revenue, earning more than $4.1 billion per year. With offices in 20 countries including Houston, Texas, Transocean is widely known in the oil and gas industry and is one of the leading providers to companies such as Royal Dutch Shell, Equinor, and Chevron.
With decades in the offshore drilling industry, it is no wonder that Transocean has had its fair share of accidents, injuries, and fatalities. Workers and their families need to understand their rights and their options if a blowout, explosion, or other significant maritime accident occurs.
Keep reading to learn more, or call (888) 493-1629 to get answers and help from one of our experienced Transocean accident attorneys. We’re here for you.
Transocean’s History of Accidents
For many years, Transocean was considered an industry leader. From 2004 to 2007, the company led deep-water drillers in “job quality” and “overall satisfaction.” After its merger with GlobalSantaFe in 2007, however, things have changed. Surveys ranked Transocean as last in “job quality” and second-to-last in “overall satisfaction” among deep-water drilling companies in 2008 and 2009. Then, in April of 2010, Transocean came under intense scrutiny for the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill.
Details on Transocean’s biggest incidents are included below:
Transocean Leader Accident (2002)
In March of 2002, a man died in an accident on the Transocean Leader rig 86 miles west of Shetland, Scotland.
Galveston Bay Explosion (2003)
In June of 2003, an explosion on a Transocean gas drilling rig in Galveston Bay, Texas killed 1 worker and hospitalized 4 others. 21 more workers were evacuated from the site.
Maintenance Citation on Transocean Rather (2005)
In August of 2005, the UK Health and Safety Executive cited Transocean for an issue related to its remote blowout preventer control panel, stating it was not “…in an efficient state, efficient working order and in good repair.”
The Sinking of Bourbon Dolphin Supply Boat (2007)
In April of 2007, a supply boat named the Bourbon Dolphin sank off the Scotland coast, killing 8 people. The vessel was servicing the Transocean Rather rig at the time. According to a report by a Commission of Inquiry established by the Norwegian Ministry of Justice, the incident was caused by “unfortunate circumstances…with many of them linked to Bourbon Offshore and Transocean.”
Deepwater Horizon Drilling Rig Explosion (2010)
On April 20, 2010, a Transocean-owned and BP-operated rig called the Deepwater Horizon caught fire and sank, causing an oil spill that released about 134 million gallons of gas into the ocean. 11 crew members were killed.
After the Deepwater Horizon sank, BP, Transocean, and Halliburton (the company responsible for cementing the well) pointed fingers at one another, neither one willing to accept the blame. Transocean came under fire for attempting to use the Limitation of Liability Act to reduce its liability for economic damages to $26.7 million, a mere fraction of the losses the explosion and spill caused.
Transocean came under fire again when it awarded employees two-thirds of their maximum safety bonuses for 2010, the same year the Deepwater Horizon exploded, claiming in a regulatory filing that, “Notwithstanding the tragic loss of life in the Gulf of Mexico, we achieved an exemplary statistical safety record…” The company later announced that executives who received the bonus would donate it to a fund for the victims’ families.
Arnold & Itkin represented one-third of the Deepwater Horizon crew, demanding justice from BP, Halliburton, and Transocean. Our attorneys successfully secured the compensation they needed for their treatment and to take care of themselves and their families for the rest of their lives.
Talk to Our Transocean Lawyers Today
No company, no matter how large, can escape liability for causing offshore accidents that claim lives and endanger the environment. At Arnold & Itkin, we represent injured seamen and offshore workers in cases against maritime employers and oil and gas companies that put profits first. Our offshore injury attorneys are known nationwide for our results in complex maritime litigation in state and federal court, and we never back down from a fight if it means we can help a client see justice served.
For more information and a free consultation with a Transocean attorney, call (888) 493-1629 or contact us online.