Oil platform in North Sea evacuated after collision with supply ship

Source: Xinhua| 2019-06-07 20:18:37|Editor: xuxin
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OSLO, June 7 (Xinhua) -- An oil platform in the North Sea operated by Norway's multinational oil and gas company Equinor had to be mostly evacuated early Friday after a collision with a supply ship, the company said.

There were 276 people on board the the Statfjord A platform and no injuries were caused by its collision with the supply vessel PSV Sjoborg at 01:55 Friday Norwegian time (2355 GMT on Thursday), Equinor said in a statement.

Damage to the lifeboat station and the need to clarify the extent of the collision mean that personnel have been moved from Statfjord A to nearby installations, the company said.

Two searches and rescue helicopters and a helicopter from the rescue coordination centre have flown personnel from Statfjord A to Statfjord B and C, and Gullfaks A, Equinor said.

According to public broadcaster NRK, 218 people were evacuated from Statfjord A after the collision.

"The total extent of damage on the platform is now being investigated. PSV Sjoborg is on its way to land on its own power. There are 12 people on board the vessel," Equinor said.

"Statfjord A is currently in a scheduled production stop, and there was no production on the platform when the incident occurred," it said.