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Transocean Ltd. Issues Statement of Clarification

ZUG, SWITZERLAND, May 11, 2010 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --In response to several inaccurate reports that detail Transocean's (NYSE: RIG) (SIX: RIGN) treatment of crew members immediately following the April 20, 2010 explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon, including erroneous allegations that crew members were asked to sign "waivers," the Company would like to clarify the series of events that transpired that evening and the days after the incident.

--  U.S. Coast Guard, as on-scene incident command, not Transocean, in
    control of rescue vessel: All decisions aboard the rescue boat, the
    Damon Bankston, were made solely by the Coast Guard and all efforts to
    transport crew members from the rig to shore were coordinated by the
    Coast Guard according to standard maritime procedures. The Company's
    immediate concern was to account for all those aboard the rig and to
    search for those 11 men who were ultimately determined lost. All
    decisions aboard the rescue boat were made solely by the Coast Guard,
    including the length of time crew members were kept at sea, the final
    destination port and the decision not to allow them use of the
    satellite phones aboard the boat. Those crew members who were
    critically injured were immediately transported by Medevac to the
    appropriate medical facilities. All actions taken by the Coast Guard
    were consistent with those taken during other emergency actions at
    sea.

--  Transocean did not present incident response forms when crew members
    arrived at shore: The rescue ship arrived at Port Fourchon
    approximately 27 hours after the incident. Contrary to several
    erroneous reports, there was no distribution of any incident response
    forms on behalf of Transocean to the crew members at that time. Upon
    arrival at Port Fourchon, crew members were given an opportunity to
    leave, however, were encouraged to accept transportation to the Crowne
    Plaza Hotel in Kenner, Louisiana.

--  Crew members were offered medical care, rooms and opportunity to go
    home upon arrival at hotel: The Crowne Plaza Hotel was used as a
    central location for the crew members and their families with the goal
    of meeting all of their personal and medical needs and of obtaining as
    much information about the incident as possible. Upon arriving at the
    hotel, crew members were offered the opportunity to meet with
    qualified medical professionals, to retire to private rooms where they
    could eat, shower and sleep, or go home. Only then did Transocean and
    its representatives present crew members with a standard one-page
    document that asked them to describe where they were at the time of
    the incident, what they were doing, and to affirm, if true, that they
    were not a witness and/or that they were not injured. They were free
    to complete the form at their leisure, or not at all. Some crew
    members even took the forms home and returned them more than seven
    days after the incident.

"Transocean's first commitment has always been and will continue to be to the safety and well-being of our people," said Steven L. Newman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Transocean. "All actions and decisions taken by our Company representatives, as well as those by the U.S. Coast Guard, on the evening of the incident and throughout the days following, were made with a focus on meeting the personal and medical needs of all those aboard the Deepwater Horizon."

About Transocean Transocean is the world's largest offshore drilling contractor and the leading provider of drilling management services worldwide. With a fleet of 139 mobile offshore drilling units plus three ultra-deepwater units under construction, Transocean's fleet is considered one of the most modern and versatile in the world due to its emphasis on technically demanding segments of the offshore drilling business. Transocean owns or operates a contract drilling fleet of 45 High-Specification Floaters (Ultra-Deepwater, Deepwater and Harsh-Environment semisubmersibles and drillships), 26 Midwater Floaters, 10 High-Specification Jackups, 55 Standard Jackups and other assets utilized in the support of offshore drilling activities worldwide.

SOURCE: Transocean Ltd.

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