Diagram of the Ocean Ranger and location of the ballast control room (3)
On the night of the disaster, a severe storm pounded the rig with hurricane-force winds and 15-metre high waves. Seawater broke through a porthole in the ballast control room and damaged equipment.
1 – Draupner wave height for comparison. (Detected on 1 January 1995, the Draupner wave was the first rogue wave ever measured – it had a maximum wave height of 25.6 metres.)
2 - Ballast control room's level above the sea (8.5 m)
3 - Location of the room itself
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