The incident occurred during testing of the lifeboat systems on the Mærsk Giant mobile drilling facility.
Mærsk Giant is equipped with conventional lowered lifeboats. During testing, one of the lifeboats was unintentionally lowered to the sea. The lifeboat then drifted underneath the facility. The wire rope which the lifeboat was lowered on wore through.
Following the incident, the lifeboat drifted away from Mærsk Giant with an emergency vessel as escort.
There were no personnel on board the lifeboat when the incident occurred.
The PSA takes a serious view of the incident, and has decided to undertake an investigation. The object of our investigation is to ascertain the sequence of events, proximate and underlying causes, actual and potential consequences and to identify any regulatory breaches. The intention is to contribute to learning and transfer of experience – and thereby to help prevent similar incidents. The investigation will result in a report that will be published on ptil.no.
The PSA's investigation team began its work on 14 January.
Mærsk Giant is presently positioned on the Yme field in the southern North Sea. Talisman Energy Norge AS has consent from the PSA to use Mærsk Giant as living quarters in connection with preparations for removing the Yme facility.
Øyvind Midttun, press contact
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