On October 27, two oil and fuel crew members died after their workboat sank at 7.7 nautical miles off Kuala Baram in Miri, Sarawak.
The ship was anchored to the Baram B platform operated by Petronas, however the anchor cable snapped after the ship was battered by large waves. The ship then rammed into the platform, and lots of of these on board jumped into the ocean after waves overwhelmed the vessel.
It is learnt that the workboat belonging to DESB Marine Services, a Malaysian upstream oil and fuel service supplier, crashed into the platform within the pre-dawn mishap.
The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) confirmed that the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) obtained a report from a Sapura Construction vessel which detected an emergency sign from the workboat.
MMEA director-general Admiral Datuk Mohd Zubil Mat Som stated the Sapura Construction vessel Dayang Topaz went to the placement and detected the workboat sinking with 62 crew nonetheless on board whereas 125 others had jumped into the ocean.
Several property comprising three vessels and a MMEA boat in addition to seven vessels and a ship belonging to Petronas and Shell have been dispatched to the placement.
121 crew (who had jumped into the ocean) have been rescued, whereas two died. Four oil and fuel crew who went lacking after the accident have been rescued.
The Borneo Post stated that Petronas is finishing up an investigation into whether or not there are any leakages on the Baram B platform after the workboat crashed into it. A survivor reported that, fearing that there may very well be a leakage on the platform, they have been ordered to desert ship.
(Source: New Straits Times/The Borneo Post/The Star – Image: employees having jumped into the ocean, ready on rescue/MMEA)
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