Petronas assesses platform after incident

Vessel came into contact with Baram platform structures due to adverse weather, resulting in 2 deaths

by TMR / pic by BERNAMA

INVESTIGATIONS are ongoing into the cause of the incident involving the MV Dayang Topaz vessel, which came into contact with platform structures at the Baram field, 14 nautical miles off Miri, on Tuesday. Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) said a thorough assessment of the platform structures is being carried out to investigate the matter.

“Petronas is committed to undertaking all the necessary measures to ensure that the platform structures remain safe and secure,” the national oil firm said in a statement yesterday.

“Preliminary investigations by Petronas also revealed that the incident did not cause any impact to the environment.”

During the incident on Oct 27, the Dayang Topaz vessel made contact with platform structures after its anchor wire gave way during adverse weather.

The vessel, owned by DESB Marine Services Sdn Bhd, was undertaking operational work at the Baram platform for Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd.

There were 187 personnel on board at the time of the incident. As a result of the incident, 125 personnel jumped overboard and they were eventually rescued by emergency responders and evacuated to Miri.

Petronas also confirmed two fatalities.

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) was reported as saying that the vessel almost sunk before the captain and crewman managed to take control of it amid rough sea conditions.

The oil giant added that it will continue to work with the relevant authorities to monitor the situation and conduct further assessments to ensure any eventuality is addressed swiftly.

“We are also extending all necessary support to DESB Marine Services in this matter,” the statement read.

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