Fire offshore India forces evacuations

02 June 2015, News Wires – More than two dozen people were evacuated from an offshore service vessel off India after the ship owned by Baker Hughes caught fire at the weekend.

The fire, which was described by local media as “major”, occurred in the engine room of stimulation vessel MV Vestfonn, which was working for state-owned Oil & Natural Gas Corporation about 200 kilometres west of Mumbai.

India’s Coast Guard got a distress call at around 2:20 pm local time on Sunday. It co-ordinated a rescue effort with other ships in the vicinity and sent two of its own fire-fighting vessels to assist.

A total of 28 people were evacuated, with an additional five crewmembers staying on board to help manage the situation, local media reported.

The fire was under control by 7:30 pm, the Coast Guard said. There were no injuries or pollution reported.

The ship is being towed by another ONGC vessel, Malviya 24. The destination was unclear, as was the status of the ship.

MV Vestfonn was reportedly working at ONGC’s Mumbai High field, where the operator is undertaking on a major development project.

On its website, Baker Hughes says ultra-deepwater MV Vestfonn is a dynamically positioned, class-certified well-stimulation vessel that can deliver large-volume, high-rate acid-fracturing stimulation treatments.

The vessel is designed to carry large volumes of acid or gelled fracturing stimulation treatments, with raw acid-storage capacity of 180,000 gallons and proppant capacity of more than 544,310 kilograms.

Baker Hughes did not immediately return a call for comment.





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