The 37 meter long fishing vessel Jurie van den Berg collided with the 160 meter long, 13154 dwt offshore jack-up vessel Pacific Orca in the North Sea off the Wadden Islands, Netherlands. The Pacific Orca was underway to an offshore windfarm while the Jurie van den Berg was returning to Eemshaven. The fishing vessel sustained damage to its starboard hull along with its mast and boom. The Pacific Orca had minor damage to its forepeak with dents and scratches above the waterline. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Both vessels were able to proceed back to port under their own power.
The Hercules 265 jack-up rig caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana. The rig had recently been preparing the well for production when natural gas came flowing out of the well. The natural gas caught fire a short time later developing into a large blaze. The Hercules 265 suffered significant damage as the fire caused part of the rig to collapse. The beams supporting the derrick and drilling rig floor have fallen over the rig structure. The fire extinguished after sediment and sand clogged the well. No reports of injuries on board as the 44 crew on board had escaped to the rig’s lifeboats when the natural gas began to spewing from the well. Photos of the area show that pollution had been released, but no reports on efforts to contain or clean-up the slick. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.
- Hercules Jack-Up Rig Catches Fire Following Loss of Well Control (gcaptain.com)
- Experts: Gas in Gulf blowout is less damaging (sfgate.com)
- 47 rescued from Gulf rig after natural gas blowout (fuelfix.com)
The 70 meter by 80 meter jackup rig Kolskaya was lost off Sakhalin Island, Russia. The Kolskaya was being transferred from Kamchatka to Zyryanskaya Bay when a snow storm struck area. The storm with high winds and waves reaching 13 meters damaged the Kolskaya’s air tanks. The rig also suffered water ingress forcing the rig’s pumps to be engaged at full capacity. The crew sent out a mayday just before the rig capsized and sank. Fourteen of the 67 crew on board were rescued by the towing vessels. A search and recovery recovered four bodies.
- 50 dead as oil rig capsizes and sinks in 20ft waves while being towed through storm (dailymail.co.uk)
- Four dead, 49 missing in Russian oil rig disaster – ABC Online (abc.net.au)
- Russian Rig Sinks – 4 Confirmed Dead (gcaptain.com)