30 March 2023
Giant crane vessel tilted during operation
A giant semisubmersible crane vessel tilted during a lifting operation onboard in Åmøyfjorden north of Stavanger, Norway.
Namely, Saipem 7000 carried 275 people on board when the incident occurred. Fortunately, everyone has been evacuated and accounted for, and no injuries have been reported. The Norwegian Maritime Directorate said it will carry out inspections of the crane vessel as soon as the tilted situation allows.
Norwegian media reported eyewitnesses hearing loud bangs at around 10.00 hrs local time, shortly before the ship began to tilt. Moreover, according to Norway’s central rescue center, HRS Sor-Norge, a barge next to the crane vessel sustained significant damage and capsized. Concurrently, various public resources are standing by.
Note that, the 198 m long vessel was most recently installing jacket foundations at the 1.075 GW Seagreen offshore wind farm off the Angus coast, developed by a joint venture of SSE Renewables and TotalEnergies.
Wan Hai 176, a 1,700TEU Singapore-flagged container ship was en route to Seattle when lost engine power. Hence, on Friday afternoon it began to drift about 12 miles from the coast of Point Reyes, California. The crew had trouble anchoring, and the ship drifted toward the coast.