Re: Transocean Deepwater Horizon is on fire
There is no standard operating procedure. The fire fighting boats were working at the direction of a Transocean employee that was on the Max Chouest. The Max Chouest also had the ROV that was trying to shut it the well. The water cannons, some of which the were just spraying each other, were constantly being directed in several directions - not to put out the fire, but to protect the vessels as work was trying to be done. The vessels pulled out once and the fire exploded where you could feel the heat nearly a few miles away. When the vessels went back in, the fire subsided enough to get the ROV boat back in. Calculation were done on the fly and all boats were reporting drafts during the whole exchange, but they where using statement like " the rubber bumpers are 4 feet above the water on the starboard aft column" without the benefit of draft marks as the paint was obviously gone. The fire fighting vessels had damaged paint as well. Eventually, if you did not try anything, you would have the same result.
Originally Posted by richard8000milesaway
The only explanation is they tried everything they could without the benefit of being the Monday Morning quarterback.
"Captain standard operating procedure for decision making is to do what feels right to you at the time, and then to give logical sounding justifications for what you were already going to do anyway" -