October 28, 2008
Heavy lift ship loses liftboat
Singapore's Ezra Holdings Limited reports that the jack-up liftboat Titan-1 was lost en-route from Pascagoula, Miss, to Liverpool, England, when loaded aboard the semi submersible HeavyLift Ancora.
The Titan 1 is owned by Casadilla Group Pte Ltd, a joint venture between KS Energy Services Limited and Ezra
The incident occurred on the night of October 26/27. Ezra says the HeavyLift Ancora encountered main engine problems in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. As a consequence of the vessel's rolling and tilting motion, the Titan-1 shifted to portside, capsized and was lost at sea.
The heavy lift ship is owned by Norway's Ocean HeavyLift ASA (OHL) which reports that there were no reported injuries caused by the incident. HeavyLift Ancora sustained only minor damage to the deck and the main engine problems have been resolved. Ocean HeavyLift says it and its commercial manager, Offshore Heavy Transport AS, "have a constructive dialogue with the cargo owners."
HeavyLift Ancora will most likely return to U.S. Gulf for inspections and preparations for its subsequent loading program.
The ship is a former Suezmax tanker originally built at the Brodo Split shipyard, Croatia in 1989 and converted to a heavy lift at Huarun Dadong Dockyard Co. Ltd., China. The conversion, completed in June this year, included construction of a new mid-ship section purpose built for heavy lift operations.
Ezra says the Titan-1 was fully insured by KS Energy Services Limited's insurance group.
The Titan-1 was in the process of being mobilized to the North Sea to execute a 817 days's contract for a major operator for installation, servicing and maintenance work of wind turbines, offshore Denmark and the U.K.
KS Energy Services Limited, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Atlantic Oilfield Services, is in discussions with the operator to substitute another identical sister-ship for the Titan 1 for the execution of the contract.