A complex responsibility

Complicating the inquiry into the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion is the vessel’s complex, international history of regulations. The sometimes conflicting regulatory directives could prove to be an obstacle in determining who is responsible for the disaster.

C E B D

B A D

F

Fire boat crews battle the blaze on the Deepwater Horizon, April 21, 2010 Deepwater Horizon was built in 2001 at Hyundai Heavy Industries Shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea

A

Transocean, owner C Deepwater of Deepwater Horizon was Horizon, moved leased by BP, headquarters two years based in the ago from the Cayman United Kingdom Islands to Switzerland

B

The rig was registered with the Marshall Islands at the time of the explosion; it had previously been registered in Panama

D

The Marshall Islands ship registry is run through a joint venture with International Registries Inc., based in Reston, Va.

B

As a foreign vessel, the rig was inspected by the American Bureau of Shipping, an internationally recognized private company known as a “classification society,” based in Houston

F

Source: Chicago Tribune, MCT Photo Service Graphic: Chicago Tribune

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