Vessel Hits Offshore Platform

Wednesday, May 08, 2002
Dynegy Storage confirmed that an incident occurred at its Rough offshore facility at 9:30am today. The platform is located 24 miles from the mouth of the RiverHumber and 27 miles from Bridlington off the East Coast of the U.K. A factory fishing vessel, the Marbella, owned and operated by J. Marr Ltd of Hull, hit the South West leg of the BD accommodation platform. There were no reported injuries. All 128 personnel on the facility were accounted for and moved safely onto the linked production platform. Dynegy Storage organized the safe evacuation of 109 of the 128 personnel. They were winched off the platform and lowered onto a standby vessel, the Navion Europa. 48 were taken by helicopter to Humberside Airport. Helicopter evacuation was halted this afternoon due to adverse weather conditions. The remaining 61 personnel on board the Navion Europa were transferred to a pilot boat and arrived back at Grimsby dock. The remaining 19 personnel on the Rough platform are continuing to manage the incident. The facility was currently undergoing a 'shutdown' period for maintenance and so was not in production at the time of the incident. Dynegy Storage continues to assess the damage caused by the incident.The Health and Safety Executive, Dept of Trade & Industry, OFGEM and the coast guard have been notified.

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