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The evacuation took place on
27-Jan-2016 at approximately 03:10am off the North Sea coast by a lifeboat
from Hvide Sande. The vessel was was in transit to Esbjerg.
A2SEA explained that the SEA
caught by an adverse weather window and as a result "the tow line
and the tug boat broke and the vessel drifted towards the coast. Shortly
after the evacuation, SEA
grounded off the coast at Nymindegab south of Hvide Sande."
A special operations team and vessels ESVAGT
and EMILE ROBIN are now onsite closely following the situation.
Moreover, environmental vessel GUNNAR SEIDENFADEN is on call in
of Hvide Sande
ready to respond if any development occurs.
A2SEA stated that now the focus
remains on preventing any oils or fuels leaking from the vessel and as
soon as weather permits, removal of such substances. The substance are
used to power machines during the construction of offshore wind farms.
The vessel was inspected yesterday by the Danish Coast authorities to confirm
whether any pollutants have leaked and to collect images of the vessel.
They reported that no such substances have escaped however the site will
be monitored and assessed for salvage.
The vessel broke away from its tow line Wednesday last week during extreme
weather conditions whilst in transit to the
Port of Esbjerg. She
ended up being grounded and investigations revealed that the jacking system
The vessel was last working on Gunfleet
sands offshore wind farm during operation
Hercules, a Siemens retro fit campaign on the 172.8MW wind farm.
a jack-up barge equipped to operate in the offshore wind sector. It had
a 400-tonne offshore crane, and has been used to install a wide range of
equipment such as monopiles, transition pieces and offshore wind turbines.
WORKER is 55.5m
in length with a breadth of 32.20m with the capability of rising some 40m
above the water surface on 73 metre long legs. This vessel was fitted with
a state-of-the-art LPS system (Leg Penetration System) and had air-cooled
jacking and auxiliary engines, enabling her to operate on sites that dry
out at low tide.
She has also been used on the installation of EnBW
Baltic 1’s 22 foundations,
working with the 250-tonne monopile foundations.
A2SEA maintains and operates its own fleet of vessels and equipment and
carry out many types of offshore wind installations and operations. They
have according to their website "the greatest capacity of any company
in the offshore wind industry and continue to make significant investments
in larger and more flexible vessels for the future".
For more information, please follow the links provided.
Images courtesy of Forsvaret
for Danmark, 1.Eskadre.
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