Gina Krog FSO catches fire while docked in Norway
The crew of 138 workers was evacuated last weekend from an offshore vessel docked in Norway due to a fire in an engine room.
According to reports from the Norwegian media, the vessel that caught fire on Sunday was Teekay’s shuttle tanker Randgrid, destined to work on the Statoil-operated Gina Krog field offshore Norway.
Following these reports, Offshore Energy Today reached to Teekay seeking confirmation and further details on the incident. A spokesperson for Teekay confirmed that a small fire had broken out in Randgrid’s engine room but it was immediately extinguished.
The spokesperson further said that there were no injuries reported, adding that the incident would not have any impact on the vessel’s departure to the Gina Krog field.
“We have initiated an investigation to find out what exactly happened and how similar accidents can be avoided in the future,” the spokesperson concluded.
Reports from the Norwegian media also said that at the time of the incident the vessel was docked in Mekjarvik, Norway for further construction work, following its arrival to Norway from Sembcorp Marine’s shipyard in Singapore.
Sembmarine was in charge of converting the shuttle tanker to a floating storage and offloading (FSO) unit so it can be used as a storage vessel on the Gina Krog oil and gas field, which is located 250 kilometers west of Stavanger and 30 kilometers north-west of the Sleipner A platform in the North Sea. The field has already started production.
The incident comes only days after Statoil received consent from the Norwegian offshore safety regulator, the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA), to use the Gina Krog FSO on the namesake field.
Offshore Energy Today Staff