During foundation works at the Triton Knoll offshore wind farm an accident occurred which left five people injured.
According to a 4C Offshore’s source the accident was the result of the transition piece lifting gear aboard the Seaway Strashnov not being fully detached from one of the foundations. As the vessel was moving away, the transition piece subsequently heeled and collided with the vessel while there was people on the foundation platform.
4C Offshore contacted Seaway 7, operators of the Seaway Strashnov , who issued the following statement: “Seaway 7 can confirm that five people have been injured following an incident on board Seaway Strashnov, a heavy lift vessel conducting operations on the Triton Knoll offshore wind farm which is located 20 miles off the coast of Lincolnshire, UK.”
All five were transferred to hospital onshore for further assessment and medical treatment following the incident, which happened at approximately midnight on Friday, May 8. Three of the injured were discharged on Saturday, 9 May, with two persons recovering in hospital. The remaining crew are safe on board and returned to port on Sunday, May 10.
Seaway7 is working with the relevant authorities and all other involved parties to enable a comprehensive investigation into the cause of the incident.
A spokesperson from Triton Knoll commented: “An investigation is being carried out into the cause of an accident which happened overnight on Friday 8 May, involving five people who were working on the Seaway Strashnov for Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm.
The Seaway Strashnov and its crew have returned to port while the investigation is underway. The vessel is currently berthed in Rotterdam.
Original article: witten by Tom Russell, 4C Offshore