One dead, one injured in Maersk oilfield accident in Norway

Article by Neil Clark

A MAERSK Drilling employee has died after falling into the sea during maintenance work on the Maersk Interceptor drilling rig, at Aker BP’s Tambar field off Norway.

Maersk's Interceptor rig

Another person, also an employee of Maersk Drilling, was injured during the incident, which was reported at 12:10 on Thursday. His condition is not critical, and he has been transported to Stavanger University Hospital.

Aker BP confirmed that the deceased person is a Norwegian national, and that they were picked up from the water by a standby vessel and transported by helicopter to Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen.

Production on Tambar has been shut down, and Aker BP says that the cause has not yet been clarified, and an investigation is upcoming.

CEO of Aker BP Karl Johnny Hersvik said: “We will now continue to focus fully on safeguarding the personnel on board Maersk Interceptor, the personnel on the Ula field and other employees in Aker BP and Maersk Drilling who are affected by this serious incident.

“Our thoughts are now with the families, the injured person and everyone else who is affected by this serious accident,” he said.

Article by Neil Clark

Staff Reporter, The Chemical Engineer

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