A container which fell
into the North Sea and was left hanging 20ft below the surface of the Brent
Alpha platform attached only by rope has now been lowered to the sea bed for
container, carrying sections of pipe was being manoeuvred on to an awaiting
supply vessel when the crane lifting the container developed a mechanical fault
causing the container to fall.
incident occurred on Sunday on Shell's Brent Alpha installation and resulted in
54 non-essentially personal being evacuated from the rig.
container was initially left hanging 20ft below the water, still attached to
the crane, but concerns were raised that it would damage existing pipes.
said "in due course" it would be recovered but had been placed at a
depth of 140m to keep it safe.
UK added: “A temporary, non-emergency evacuation of non-essential personnel is
has taken place.
total of 54 people have left the platform, with a team of 28 remaining on board
as the planned recovery operation takes place.
people were transferred from Brent Alpha to Brent Bravo, Brent Charlie and
Brent Delta. A further 19 will then be flown to Aberdeen via Scatsa. The
remaining 17 will be flown back to Aberdeen directly from Brent Alpha.”
Alpha is 115 miles off Shetland.
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has been informed of the incident. No-one was
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