BW Offshore, a provider of floating production services to the oil and gas industry, has said that two workers had died in a gas accident aboard one of the company’s FPSOs, the Espoir Ivoirien (IMO 7373949), off the coast of West Africa.
The incident occurred at lunchtime on January 14th while work was being performed by the two victims inside one of the tanks on board when “there was a leak of hydrocarbons into the tank where the work was being performed.”
Two fatalities were confirmed as a consequence of the incident.
BW Offshore CEO Marco Beenen said that “this is a tragic day for the families of the men we have lost, and our hearts go out to them”.
The 155,000 dwt vessel was built in 1975 and was converted in 2001 for use as an FPSO with a capacity of 1,100 Mbbl. It is operated by BW Offshore for CNR International and had been operating on the Espoir field off Ivory Coast under a lease running until 2022.
Production has been shut down on the FPSO and the leak has been contained within the cargo tank.
1975-built, Singapore-flagged, 77,985 gt Espoir Ivoirien is owned by BW Wspoir Ivorien Pte Ltd care of manager BW Offshore Singapore Pte Ltd. It is entered with Gard P&I Club on behalf of BW Espoir Ivoirien Pte Ltd (Singapore). For H&M it is entered with Gard AS on behalf of BW Offshore Norway AS.