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Thursday, 4 February 2016
A2SEA Jack-Up Capsizes Off Denmark
An offshore wind farm jack-up barge has capsized off the coast of Denmark one week after running aground in a separate incident.
A2SEA has confirmed that its jack-up Sea Worker capsized overnight Tuesday due to harsh weather. As of Wednesday morning no pollution had been detected from the vessel.
The offshore wind service provider said focus remains on preventing any oils or fuels from leaking from the vessel. The company has the vessels Esvagt Connector and Emile Robin on-site and following the situation. Also the pollution control vessel Gunnar Seidenfaden is on standby in the Port of Hvide Sande and ready to respond if needed.
A2SEA added that the next step is the removal of all oil and fuels from the jack-up as soon as weather permits.
The capsizing comes exactly one week after the Sea Worker( A offshore wind farm jack-up barge has grounded in the North Sea off Denmark after its tow line parted in heavy weather.
Offshore wind market service provider A2SEA has confirmed that its jack-up barge Sea Worker ran aground early Wednesday morning off the coast of Nymindegab, south of Hvide Sande in Denmark.
The jack-up broke free from its tug in heavy weather during a transit to Esbjerg and began drifting towards shore.
All crew members onboard were evacuated by a lifeboat from Hvide Sande prior to grounding. No injuries were reported.
Sea Worker is a modern jack-up barge specially equipped to operate in the offshore wind sector, according to A2SEA’s website.),ran aground off the coast of Nymindegab, south of Hvide Sande, after breaking free from a tug during a transit to Esbjerg. In that incident, all workers were were evacuated by a lifeboat without injury.
It is unclear if today’s capsizing is at all related to last week’s grounding.