An offshore worker has died while working on an FPSO (Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading) vessel in the North Sea.
Tributes have been paid to William Nichol, 61, who had been working for IKM Testing UK Limited on the Anasuria FPSO.
Police were sent offshore to investigate following the incident which happened at around 4pm on Tuesday on the Shell-operated vessel.
Tony Perkin, managing director of IKM Testing UK Limited said: “Mr Nichol was a dedicated and valued member of the IKM team and will be sadly missed.”
A Police Scotland spokesman said officers had visited the FPSO while investigations were carried out.
She said: “A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “Police Scotland has been informed of the death of a 61-year-old man on the AnaSuria FPSO on Tuesday August 4th 2015.
“Next of kin have been informed and inquiries into the circumstances are ongoing.”
The Anasuria platform is 185km east of Aberdeen in the Central North Sea.
A spokeswoman for IKM Testing UK said the company was supporting Mr Nichol’s family – including his wife and two sons – following the incident.
She said: “It is with great sadness that IKM Testing UK limited confirms that one of its employees, William Nichol, died yesterday whilst onboard the Anasuria platform operated by Shell UK Limited.
“IKM were notified by Shell’s emergency response team at approximately 1600 hours that Mr Nichol had collapsed.
“Sadly despite the best efforts of the medical crew onboard they were unable to revive him.
“IKM will be supporting his family and his wife Ann and his sons Chris and Simon throughout this difficult time. We wish to extend our sincerest condolences to Mr Nichol’s family and friends.”
Shell’s Upstream director UK & Ireland,Paul Goodfellow,said: ‘I wish to express my sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of William Nichol, who sadly passed away on our Anasuria platform, in the Central North Sea, yesterday.
“We are working closely with Mr Nichol’s employer, IKM Testing, to provide support to his family and colleagues during this difficult time.”