Jack-Up Rig 'Endeavor' Departs Homer Harbor


     Buccaneer Energy’s jack-up rig Endeavor left the Homer harbor at about 8:30 a.m. Friday, heading for the Cosmopolitan Unit near Anchor Point. The rig had been moored at the harbor since arriving in Alaska from Singapore last August.

     Last week, the City of Homer extended the original March 20th deadline for the Endeavour rig to depart the harbor, saying more time was needed to prepare for construction work at the Deepwater Dock. The latest deadline came and went Tuesday but as of Wednesday, the rig remained.

     Homer Harbormaster Bryan Hawkins told members of the Homer City Council Monday night that a fender replacement project at the Deepwater Dock, where the Endeavor rig has been tied up since last August, still requires the departure of the rig to be completed. That work, however, is still not quite ready to proceed.

     The materials for the fender replacement have arrived from Seward and are in place on the dock. Jay Brant Construction of Homer is the contractor in charge of the project, which is expected to take about a month to complete.

     Hawkins says the Endeavor rig recently received the green light from the Coast Guard to proceed to the Cosmopolitan Unit near Anchor Point, where company representatives have said they plan to drill later this year.

     Calls and emails to Buccaneer representative Jay Morakis were not returned in time for this story. In a news release earlier this month, Morakis said the Endeavour had received permitting approval from the American Bureau of Shipping to move to the Cosmopolitan Unit.