Three workers hurt in Sembcorp Marine shipyard incident

Following the collapse of a shipyard crane boom that caused damage to Noble’s newbuild jack-up rig, Singapore-based shipyard owner, Sembcorp Marine, has reported that three workers have been injured during the incident. 

On Sunday, February 28, 2016, at 3.40pm, a shore crane at Sembcorp Marine Tanjong Kling Yard was lifting a bundle of scaffold planks from the newbuild jack-up rig, Noble Lloyd Noble, to the quayside. During the lifting operation, the boom of the said shore crane came into contact with another crane on the rig, damaging the latter, the company explained.

SembMarine added that the damaged crane is located in an isolated area of the rig with no personnel present at the time of the incident. However, three workers nearby and onboard the Noble Lloyd Noble rig sustained minor injuries in the incident:

– A Bangladeshi male national, 27 years old, had a lacerated thumb and was given first aid onsite. He was sent to Westpoint Family Hospital for a thorough check-up and certified to be well;

– An Indian male national, 30 years old, suffered a small cut at the back of his head. He was sent to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital for treatment and discharged the same day;

– An Indian male national, 25 years old, suffered a lower left arm fracture and was sent to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital for treatment. He was discharged on March 1, 2016.

According to SembMarine, all workers onboard the Noble Lloyd Noble at the time of the incident were promptly evacuated from the rig to the quayside via four gangways and accounted for by Sembcorp Marine’s Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) team.

“Sembcorp Marine is continuing to monitor the condition of the injured workers as their health and well-being remains our most important priority. We are also assisting the Ministry of Manpower with the incident investigation.

“Sembcorp Marine is as well working with our customer, Noble Corporation, to assess the damage to the Noble Lloyd Noble. We believe the damage to be minor and that the rig’s scheduled delivery in the second quarter of 2016 will not be affected.”

Meanwhile, work is continuing on all other projects at Sembcorp Marine Tanjong Kling Yard, SembMarine concluded.

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