Ship Drifting Towards Gas Rig In North Sea

Seadog

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BBC News

A 4,500-tonne cargo ship is adrift without power in the North Sea and heading towards a gas platform.
Two RAF helicopters have been scrambled from Wattisham and Leconfield to airlift 20 people from the Murdoch rid 80 miles went of Flamborough Head.

Helicopters are ready to evacuate the rest of the crew from the ship if its engines can not be repaired in time.

Not really the weather for helo ops. Fingers crossed.
 
Seadog said:
BBC News

A 4,500-tonne cargo ship is adrift without power in the North Sea and heading towards a gas platform.
Two RAF helicopters have been scrambled from Wattisham and Leconfield to airlift 20 people from the Murdoch rid 80 miles went of Flamborough Head.

Helicopters are ready to evacuate the rest of the crew from the ship if its engines can not be repaired in time.

Not really the weather for helo ops. Fingers crossed.

Are we saying that in an active gas/oil field there is not a single support vessel/tug nearby to tow said ship and claim salvage. Let us at least be grateful that no RN Ship is nearby cos they would not have anybody aboard who would know how to set out and use towing gear now that Seamanship is dead.

Nutty
 

Seadog

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Are we saying that in an active gas/oil field there is not a single support vessel/tug nearby to tow said ship and claim salvage

Salvage isn't that simple Nutty. Ship masters ask 'to be salvaged'. It isn't up to passing ships to send a boarding party (if only to get a signature) and take over. Towing, especially by a standby (picket/rescue) vessel may not count as salvage. It may be able to keep the vessel on station until an MCA tug can tow the stricken vessel in. Or the crew may get the engines going again.

Let's hope no one is killed or injured in whatever solution is used.
 

noemis

Lantern Swinger
Just said on the news that it's carrying fertilizer!! Handy cargo to be carrying as you drift towards a gas platform!!! 8O
 

Gruff

Midshipman
MY BEST WISHES GO TO THE OIL RIG CREWS,THE SHIP CREWS AND THE AIR CREW FLYING TO RESCUE THEM.

I HOPE THE CRABS CAN SEE IN THE DARK?

GRUFF
 

Seadog

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Looks like yet another ship's captain or owner waiting too long before asking for a tow

What evidence is there for that mophead? Looks like the world descended on his position so he must have communicated his difficulty to the outside world early on. The priority for the rig standby vessel when helos are operating on the rig is 'crash boat' not tug. Proper tugs need time to get to its position and it is reasonable to give the engineers time to get the engine(s) going. And the weather isn't the best for passing a line.

According to telly news this morning the vessel missed the rig by four cables.
 
These days most of the rig standby vessels are ex fishing boats, probably nt the best to tow a 4500 ton ship unlike the anchor handling barges that used to do the job in the past which would have been capable.

BBC reports a tug was supposed to R/V at 0900. Also that they have retarted the engines at least once
 

andym

War Hero
Interesting,i wonder if its the same Skipper there now that was there last year?Apparently according to the BBC news Website he hit a ship last year in the Channel.
 
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angrydoc

Guest
In the days when we had a fleet, I'm sure we could have sent some help. Progress is great.
 

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