Subsea construction vessel Maersk Forza hired for helicopter recovery operation

By Curious

The Maersk Forza subsea construction vessel, usually used for oil and gas activities, has been hired to help with recovery of a helicopter that went missing on Thursday, offshore Norway.

According to Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN), on October 26, 2017 helicopter flight CVS312 was en-route from Pyramiden to Kapp Heer with eight persons on board.

Subsea construction vessel Maersk Forza hired for helicopter recovery operation
Caption: Offshore support vessel Maersk Forza - Image courtesy of Deep Ocean

The crew was last in contact with the air traffic services at Longyearbyen at 1506 hours local time. They were then instructed to contact Kapp Heer. The helicopter was soon after reported missing.

“The assumption is that the helicopter has crashed during the approach two kilometers north of Kapp Heer. A large-scale search and rescue operation is ongoing. The Accident Investigation Board Norway has initiated an investigation supported by the Russian Interstate Aviation Committee,” AIBN said.

AIBN on Tuesday morning said that the recovery vessel Maersk Forza was contracted and the vessel was en route to Hammerfest.

“Personell from the AIBN will board the vessel in Hammerfest and plan the recovery of the helicopter on the way to Svalbard,” AIBN said.

The Maersk Forza was built in 2008 under the name of REM Forza. It was later sold by REM Offshore to Maersk Supply Services. The 250 tons Hydramarine crane aboard supports the lifting operations for a range of tools, equipment and subsea assets.

According to DeepOcean, which manages the vessel, Maersk Forza spread has been main vessel for inspection, maintenance, installation and decommissioning projects in both The North Sea and West Africa.

Source: Offshore Energy Today