Posted on June 10, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Faroes-flagged offshore support vehicle, SJOBORG collided with the oil platform STATFJORD A during the early morning hours of June the 7th, while transiting through the North Sea.
The oil platform is operated by Norway’s multinational oil and gas company, EQUINOR.
According to EQUINOR, there were 276 people aboard the oil platform, and 12 people crewing the vessel at the time of the collision.
The offshore support vessel collided with the platform at approximately 01:55 am LT, as it crashed against the part of the structure that contained the lifeboats.
No injuries or oil spills were reported following the accident, but the company proceeded to evacuate everyone off the platform via the use of 3 helicopters, moving them onto the nearby oil platforms, Statfjord B, Statfjord C & Gullfaks A.
The Sjoborg suffered some damages during the collision and is sailing towards Mongstad under its own power in order to undergo a damage assessment upon arrival at the quay.
Currently, Equinor is assessing the extent of the damage on the oil platform.
Statfjord A is currently in a scheduled production stop and wasn’t active when the collision occurred. It was scheduled to shut down production by 2022.
Image Courtesy of Marine Traffic