Saipem confirms death after vessel crane collapse

Italy-based Saipem has confirmed that an incident on board a sub-contracted jack-up accommodation barge, the Seafox Deema, resulted in the death of a crane operator when one of the vessel’s cranes collapsed into the water off the coast of Qatar.

Saipem confirmed to Upstream that, “while the detailed investigation is still ongoing, from a preliminary analysis the causes of this accident are to be sought in the structural failure of the pedestal crane”.

The barge was working for Qatargas’ Barzan pipeline replacement project when the crane boom collapsed.

Saipem said the accident occurred when the subcontractor (Seafox) “with control and responsibility for the jack up and the crane operations, was shifting some cargoes on a supply vessel. As the investigation is still ongoing, at this stage we cannot provide further details,” the Italian contractor said.

No damage has been reported on the topsides and subsea assets involving the Barzan project.

The Seafox Deema is a three-legged, self-elevating jack-up unit for accommodation and offshore support services. It was converted to a self-elevating jack-up in 1990 by Lamprell in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, and was subsequently upgraded there in 1998. The vessel has a maximum person-on-board capacity of 470 and can operate in water depths up to 58 metres. It has three cranes, with a maximum lift of 200 tonnes.