Solitaire; Source: Allseas

Coast Guard medevacs another crew member from Allseas’ vessel

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has performed a medevac of a crew member from one of Allseas’ vessels located approximately 15 miles south of Port Fourchon, Louisiana.

Solitaire; Source: Allseas

The incident occurred on Saturday, 22 April 2023, and the Coast Guard Eighth District and Coast Guard Sector New Orleans command center watchstanders received a report at approximately 10 p.m. from Allseas’ Solitaire vessel, stating a 32-year-old male crew member aboard was experiencing severe abdominal pain.

Following the request, Sector New Orleans watchstanders coordinated the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew to assist. 

Once the helicopter crew arrived on the scene just after midnight on Sunday and hoisted the crew member, the offshore worker was transported to University Medical Center in New Orleans. According to the Coast Guard, the crew member was last reported to be in stable condition. 

Allseas’ Solitaire vessel has a pipe carrying capacity of 22,000 t while precise manoeuvring on full dynamic positioning allows the vessel to work safely in congested areas. It can accommodate 420 people.

The Coast Guard medevaced a month before another crew member on this vessel, who was experiencing seizure-like symptoms. While medevacs can be common in the offshore oil and gas sector, the U.S. Coast Guard’s assistance was required multiple times in the oil and gas sector over the past few months, especially in March 2023.

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The most recent medevac was of a 69-year-old captain from an oil tanker, owned by ASC Leasing IX Inc. and operated by OSG Ship Management, 218 miles offshore Alabama.