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Title Special Interest Webinars
Code SIW HDS DIXILAN18624
Region Webinar
Date 15 Apr 2021
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The Historical Diving Society Present...

The salvage of the Dixilan Field 6500 ton Jack Up Rig

 Mike O’Meara Dive Supervisor

The Dixilan Field 83 was a 6,500-ton three-leg jack-up rig on contract to the Oil and Natural Gas Company (ONGC) of India. She was working on the former Bombay High field, 80 miles from Mumbai when the starboard leg 'punched through' the seabed causing the DF83 to rapidly lose stability and roll over.

Fortunately for the crew, the vessel did not capsize completely at that time and the crew were all able to evacuate. Shortly afterwards, the starboard leg collapsed and the entire vessel sank to the seabed in 240ft of water.

Mike was the Diving Superintendent responsible for running the diving operations throughout the 104-day demanding offshore salvage operation. The operation involved a 3,000-ton heavy lift crane barge, 1,000-ton A-frame lifting barge, three heavy-duty tugs, and many days spent underwater cutting, rigging and lifting, as well as penetrating the wreck and coordinating heavy crane lifting all before the monsoon season arrived.

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