Posted on August 23, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Indonesian-flagged Drilling Ship, PATRA OFSSHORE started experiencing water ingress during the afternoon hours of August the 22nd.
The incident occurred at approximately 1:15 in the afternoon, while the vessel was working on an offshore wind turbine project off Changhua, Taiwan.
Reportedly, the ship started developing a heavy portside list after its drill rod got stuck in the seabed during the drilling operation.
The Taichung Port authority received a distress call from the vessel, citing water ingress and a 40-degree portside list, and immediately dispatched a team to assist the drilling ship.
The Taiwanese Search & Rescue arrived on the scene at approximately 2:27 pm and immediately worked on evacuating the 40 seafarers onboard the sinking vessel.
Following an order to abandon the vessel by the ship’s Master, the crew members all got onboard the Taiwanese S&R ship. Reportedly they are all considered safe and have not sustained any injuries.
The S&R vessel arrived at Taichung port at 5:30 in the evening, later in the same day.
The owner of the drilling vessel has contacted a salvaging company, Dahan Maritime, which has sent a tug to assist with refloating operations. If all things go well, the vessel will be towed back to Taichung port.