January 16, 2012
David Goodhue, The Miami Herald
The Scarabeo 9, a giant semi-submersible oil rig headed to Cuba, set sail from its temporary port in Trinidad and Tobago this week, observers said.
It could be in the Florida Straits between Cuba and Key West in two weeks.
The moveable $750 million drilling platform was just given a passing grade by inspectors with the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, as well as members of the U.S. Coast Guard.
U.S. inspectors toured the rig while it was in Trinidad and Tobago on invitation from Spanish oil company Repsol, which will be the first of several international drilling companies to explore for oil in Cuba's part of the Florida Straits. The agencies released a statement that their "personnel found the vessel to generally comply with existing international and U.S. standards by which Repsol has pledged to abide."