DP-assisted accident in Aberdeen (updated)

Ouch!!

Footage has been captured of an offshore vessel being involved a three-ship collision at Aberdeen Harbour.

SBS Typhoon (IMO 9355965) collided with VOS Scout (IMO 8104125) head-on and forced her into the Ocean Searcher (IMO 7401306).  SBS Typhoon’s owners, SBS Marine, said the accident was caused by a software fault.

The video has been posted on YouTube by an onlooker and has been viewed thousands of times.

SBS Marine managing director Nigel Taylor said the accident happened as a result of a glitch in fitting new, high-tech equipment.

He said: “We were in the process of installing a new dynamic positioning system.  We were doing checks on the system and had to have the engine running. There was a fault in the software. The controls were fully manned at the time, as were the other two vessels.  No one was hurt. There was some damage caused to our ship and to VOS Scout and minor damage to Ocean Searcher.

“Damage was caused to the bow of our vessel but all three vessels remained water tight.”

He added that the YouTube footage appeared to be speeded up (Bart: Doesn’t look like it to me!).

All involved ships & crew are ok but has anybody seen Richard since??

Update (04-08-2011)

For those who are interested: here is the MAIB-report about the above incident, an interesting read for the DPO’s amongst us.

Or downloadable in PDF: MAIB report SBS Typhoon

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