Oil workers evacuated after supply boat crash

by Hans | January 21st, 2010

Heavy seas caused North Sea incident

OIL workers were taken off a North Sea drilling rig after a supply boat crashed into it in heavy seas. Marathon Oil evacuated staff from the Songa Dee as a precaution after the Far Grimshader vessel battered against it for almost an hour late on Monday. The drama unfolded in the Alvheim field, 130 miles west of Norway, close to the British sector of the North Sea.

Both rig and ship escaped with little damage. The supply ship, which suffered engine problems in the rough seas, was then tied to another vessel 200ft from the rig. A spokesman for Farstad Shipping, the owner of the vessel, said there were no injuries to the crew but the vessel suffered hull damage. The rig has about 100 personnel while the supply ship carries a crew of 14. Marathon kept about half the workers on the rig to keep it operational last night. The Songa Dee has operated in UK and Norwegian waters since 2008.

Source: Evening Express
Photo: Daniel Earl

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