The Capsize of the Drillship Seacrest

David Mannion


The Drillship Seacrest capsized on November 3rd, 1989, in the Platong Gas Field in the Gulf of Thailand, during Typhoon Gay. There was no distress signal heard nor were any of the lifeboats found. This case study will explore the direct and indirect causes that lead to the loss of the Seacrest. Since the incident occurred 24 years ago, information about the incident will be recovered using reports and article written after the event during that time.


ENGI 8751, Case Study, Ocean and Naval

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O. R. Disasters, "Seacrest Drillship Sinking - Oil Rig Disasters - Offshore Drilling Accidents," [Online]. Available: [Accessed 6 March 2013].

R. Taylor, V. Cardone, J. Kokarakis, J. Petersen, B. Picard and G. Whitehouse, "Investigation of Events Surrounding the Capsize of the Drillship Seacrest," Failure Analysis Associates, Inc, Menlo Park, 1990.

S. Burton, "The Seacrest Dill Ship," Thai Wreck Diver, 31 July 2011. [Online]. Available: [Accessed 6 March 2013].

"Typhoon Gay (1989) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia," [Online]. Available: [Accessed 6 March 2013].


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