December 7, 2006
Dockwise heavy lift ship sinks offshore Angola
Netherlands-based heavy lift specialist Dockwise yesterday issued a statement saying that "earlier this morning, the semi submersible vessel Mighty Servant 3 developed a list and sank after the offloading of the drilling platform Aleutian Key. The vessel is resting at the sea bottom in approx. 62 meters of water. The drilling platform did not sustain any damage and is underway to its drilling location."
Dockwise said that all of the 21 crew of the vessel have been taken of the vessel and are on their way to the Port of Luanda on board of one of the supporting vessels on stand by during the offloading. The 83 crew of the drilling platform were all safely on board of the drilling platform at the moment of the incident.
The vessel is approximately one mile off the North Angolan coast and very close to the entrance of the port of Luanda. Local authorities have been informed and are assisting in the response effort.
The cause of the incident is not known at this time, but is being investigated.
The 27,720 dwt Mighty Servant 3 is Dutch flagged and sails with a combination of Dutch and Filipino crew. Families of the crew members have been informed. Crew members will be repatriated to their home destinations as soon as possible.
Photo below by marinelog.com reader Captain Andrew Mackinnon of Melbourne, Australia, shows Mighty Servant 3 in the middle of Port Phillip bay last December almost to the day lifting the Safe Concordia for transit to Singapore.