Posted on August 27, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Cracks have begun to appear on the hull of the Bahama-flagged FPSO, CICADE DO RIO DE JAINEIRO according to vessel operator, MODEC.
On a press-statement released on August the 27th, MODEC has revealed that on the 23rd of August they discovered cracks alongside the external tanks of the Cidade do Rio de Janeiro, leading to a minor oil spill.
“After inspection at the external tanks, cracks were identified at the hull of FPSO Cidade do Rio de Janeiro, at the Espadarte field, in the Campos Basin, 130 km off the coast of Brazil. During the weekend, 1.2 cubic meter of residual oil leaked from the unit, which was identified and recovered. This Monday, August 26, 2019, in a new overflight, the presence of oil at sea was perceived, in an estimated amount of 6.6 cubic meters.
“Seven vessels are already at location, for recovery and dispersion, aside from four support vessels and one chopper for overflights. The increase on the extension of the cracks was identified since the beginning of the event, yet the vessel continues to be with stable positioning and safe conditions, under permanent monitoring of MODEC and PETROBRAS,” reads the statement from MODEC.
According to some sources, the vessel is considered to be in danger of sinking. Modec will not substantiate these rumours but will admit that the cracks alongside the hull have continued to expand.
The 54 crew members on board the Rio De Janeiro have been evacuated since then, and steps are being taken to repair the distressed vessel.
Image Courtesy of Marine Traffic