Heavy Lift Ship Prepares To Tow Drilling Rig Endeavour To South Africa

A heavy lift ship dropped anchor in Kachemak Bay last Tuesday. The Zen Hua 15 is making preparations to tow offshore drilling rig Endeavour Spirit of Independence to South Africa.

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The rig has been parked in storage in Port Graham since last winter. Homer Harbor master Bryan Hawkins says the Zen Hua will begin loading the Endeavour could head to sea as soon as Wednesday.

“There’s a lot of components that have to be completed before they can load it. A lot of work on the ship getting the deck prepared. If everything goes as planned and the weather cooperates then they’ll bring it in,” Hawkins said.

The Endeavour was leased by Buccaneer Energy before the company filed for bankruptcy.

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Quinton Chandler is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.

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