Severely Damaged VOS Sailor Towed Ashore (UK)
VOS Sailor standby vessel which was on Saturday severely damaged at Balmoral field, offshore Aberdeen, UK, has been towed ashore.
The owner of the vessel, Vroon Offshore Services, informed via its website that the vessel had reached the port of Fraserburgh on Monday night at approximately 20.40 hrs local time, after being towed back by the salvage tug Kestrel.
VOS Sailor became disabled in extremely severe weather conditions in the Balmoral field, some 120 nautical miles off Aberdeen. Eleven of the twelve crew onboard were successfully evacuated from the ship by helicopters.
At the time of the incident winds in the area were reported to be Southeasterly 60-75 knots with 6.5 metre seas. Bond Offshore Helicopters informed that the salvage operation was very difficult because the vessel had lost all power after being hit by a wave, hampering rescue efforts, which had to be conducted in the dark.
As previously reported, one crew member died in the incident.
„The body of the crew member will be returned to his family by the authorities in due course,“ Vroon said in the press release issued yesterday.
Vroon added: „Management and staff at Vroon Offshore Services (UK) offer their deepest condolences to the family of their deceased colleague. The company’s thoughts are with his relatives, friends and fellow crew members. Vroon Offshore Services (UK) is offering its support to the family in these extremely difficult times.“
December 19, 2012