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Prosafe brings drifting accommodation rig under control

Safe Bristolia
The Safe Bristolia was idle during the quarter

Prosafe, the owners of the Safe Bristolia accommodation rig which came adrift in the North Sea, will attempt to get a tow line aboard later today.

The Norwegian company reported the captain of the vessel, which has 33 crew on board, has deployed one of the Safe Bristolia’s two emergency anchors overnight in order to stop the vessel’s drift until the sea-state comes down.

The company said the Bristolia is holding is position in UK waters, 148km from shore and the crew will attempt to reinstate the tow later today with two anchor handling vessels in the vicinity.

A company spokeswoman said: “Prosafe are continuing to monitor the situation, working in close cooperation with the coastguard.”

The vessel, which is not currently on hire, broke its tow line in heavy seas on Sunday, 120km east of Montrose as it was being towed from the Cromarty Firth to Gdansk in Poland.

Prosafe said there was no collision threat to other North Sea installations.

A rogue barge broke its moorings during Storm Frank forcing the evacuation of several production platforms in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea before finally being brought under control on December 31.

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