April 12, 2007
Bourbon AHTS capsizes
Bourbon Offshore Norway, a subsidiary of Bourbon has been informed by Shetland Coastguard that the Anchor Handling Tug Supply "Bourbon Dolphin" has capsized.
Bourbon Dolphin was on operation 75 nautical miles North, West Shetland Islands with 15 people on board.
According to Neville Davis, Rescue Coordination Center Manager, Shetland Coastguard: "So far, 10 persons have been recovered. We will continue working with the assets available to try and locate the missing crew".
A later announcement from the U.K. Marine & Coastguard Agency said that ten crewman had been recovered, three are confirmed as deceased and five remained missing.
Shetland Coastguard stood down the Rescue Helicopters overnight; they were to resume the search for the remaining five crewman at first light as a Search and Recovery operation.
A Naval diving unit has been flown to the Transocean Rather platform and divers will be assisting in the continuing search throughout the night.
All non essential personnel were down-manned from the Transocean Rather platform as there is a very minimal risk that the capsized vessel could potentially damage the platform.
Bourbon Dolphin is an Ulstein A102 delivered in 2006. According to Ulstein Group it s a conventional anchorhandling tug supply vessel,The development of the vessel is based on competence and technology developed throughout decades, and fulfils all authorities and class requirements. One vessel of this type has been delivered.
"Our thoughts are with the relatives, friends and colleagues of the deceased and missing. This is a tragic incident that strikes hard", said CEO Gunvor Ulstein.