Posted on March 06, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Two people were injured, and one died when a crane collapsed on an Italian offshore oil platform, Barbara F run by oil and gas major, Eni.
The incident occurred in the Adriatic Sea at approximately 07:45 LT, in the morning of March 5th, some 30 nautical miles off the coast of Ancona, Italy.
The crane broke from the platform structure while hoisting a gas cylinder, and proceeded to fall down, crashing onto the offshore supply ship that was next to the platform before sliding into the sea, dragging the crane’s cabin along with it.
Two of the crew onboard the supply ship received extensive injuries and had to be airlifted to the Torrette di Ancona hospital.
The crane was located next to the cabin, suspended from cables, some 70 meters below the water’s surface.
According to local media, a dive team from Ancona has located both the cabin and the crane operator’s body who, unfortunately, did not survive the incident.
Eni said that it has begun an investigation into what happened and is willing to cooperate fully with local authorities.
Italian prosecutors have also opened their own investigation into the incident and are considering the possibility of culpable homicide.
Initial reports suggest that a structural failure might have been a significant contributing factor.
Image courtesy of Guardia Costiera