Jack-up rig GSP Saturn damaged by storm, Pechora sea, Russian Arctic
Jack-up rig GSP Saturn update – personnel wasn’t evacuated, there is no risk
I received a phone call from the towage center – evacuation report was not correct. Rig suffered some damages in a stormy weather and lost lifeboat, but personnel wasn’t evacuated, because there’s no risk to people. Towage continues. First news was based on MRCC Moscow report.
Jack-up rig GSP Saturn was damaged in stormy weather by waves in Pechora sea, Western Russian Arctic Sector on Nov 6 or Nov 7, while under tow to Murmansk after completing construction works on a well in Pechora sea. Reportedly GSP Saturn lost a lifeboat, helicopter pad was damaged. It was decided to evacuate all the rig’s personnel, 21 people went on board of a salvage vessel Spasatel Karev, 25 went on board of an AHTS Strilborg. Rig is towed by AHTS Stril Challenger (IMO 9420174) and AHTS Stril Commander (IMO 942015), escorted by AHTS Strilborg (IMO 9158666) and salvage vessel Spasatel Karev (IMO 9497531). Caravan is under way, last known position Nov 7 2000 UTC 69 18N 051 57E, speed 3.5 knots, heading in SW direction, probably to shelter from a storm.