The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) in the UK has launched an investigation into a fire on a crew transfer vessel on the Lincs windfarm on 7 September 2017.
The MAIB said the fire occurred in the port engine space of Windcat 8, a 16 m crew transfer vessel that was operating on the Lincs offshore windfarm in the North Sea off Skegness in the UK.
Waveney Ley, general manager at the company, told OWJ “Due to MAIB involvement I am not at liberty to discuss the incident in detail. Windcat 8 sustained engine failure and a subsequent fire to which both the crew of the vessel and the remaining Windcat fleet in Grimsby displayed professionalism and excellent teamwork ensuring that it was extinguished in a short space of time and passengers were transferred safely to another vessel within minutes of the alarm being raised.”
Windcat Workboats owns and operates a fleet of around 40 crew transfer vessels, mainly in the European offshore wind sector, but also in the oil and gas industry and outside Europe.
In 2010 another of the company’s vessels, Windcat 3, also suffered a fire that was investigated by the MAIB. That incident took place on the Robin Rigg offshore windfarm in the Solway Firth.
In another incident involving the company, also investigated by the MAIB, contact was made by one of the company’s crew transfer vessels, Windcat 9, with a floating target whilst transiting Donna Nook Air Weapons Range in the southwest approaches to the River Humber.