Drilling rig shelters from hurricane Sandy in Oak Bluffs Harbor

— File photo by Rob Gatchell

Yes, that was a drilling rig seen in Oak Bluffs harbor as hurricane Sandy approached last week, but not the kind that drills for oil.

It was a “jack-up” barge named Skate. The custom-built barge is used to make sea bottom borings on Horseshoe Shoal, one of the final projects needed to enable construction of the Cape Wind energy farm. Fugro, the company that operates the barge, moved Skate into Oak Bluffs Harbor to protect the vessel from hurricane Sandy.

“The Cape Wind team appreciates the Oak Bluffs harbormaster and others who were gracious and accommodating working with us to help protect this specialized equipment as Sandy approached,” said Mark Rodgers, communications director for Cape Wind.