Stormy weather sends oil rig adrift

By Vessels

The oil rig Safe Bristolia has gone adrift due to bad weather in the North Sea.

The incident occurred on Sunday evening approximately 40 nautical miles west of Bergen. The rig was being towed to Hanoytangen yard for scheduled repairs by the Odin Viking and BB Troll when it got in bad weather. The Safe Bristolia went drifting and this forced the captain to ask the evacuation of some of the crew members.

On Monday, at 2:18 a.m., local time, 15 out of the 53-man crew was airlifted by a Sea King helicopter. Meanwhile, the rig dropped an anchor about 28 nautical miles from the shore in order to control the drift. This slowed down its speed to 1.5 knots and Odin Viking managed to get Safe Bristolia under control. The platform and the tug established a new towing connection yesterday at daylight.

Safe Bristolia (IMO number 8755077 and MMSI 565294000) was built in 1983. The 13,876-GT platform is registered in Singapore.

Current position of Safe Bristolia.

Safe Bristolia (IMO number 8755077 and MMSI 565294000)

Image: Sergio F.