Support and safety ships for the North Sea have been tagged MSVs--Multi-Functional Support Vessels. Huge-scale destruction of offshore oil exploration rigs or production platforms can occur at any time, as was evidenced on the Ekofisk B platform, and the Maersk Explorer rig, in April and October 1977. To counter the threat of the dangers of North Sea oil and gas exploitation, the British Department of Trade has issued a set of instructions to oil companies and contractors alike that from 1 January 1979 no vessel meant to be acting as a support ship for any offshore installation should ever be more than 8 km away from the installation. In addition, these vessels should be capable of evacuating all the men on that particular installation, should have first-aid facilities, and should be able to act as an alternative radio station. Information is given on Seaforth Clansman, the MSV brought in to tackle the Maersk Explorer blow-out in the Danish sector. Future MSV development is discussed. Order from BSRA as No. 54,675.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Institution of Civil Engineers

    One Great George Street, Westminster
    London,   United Kingdom  SW1P 3AA
  • Publication Date: 1979-2

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  • Accession Number: 00329905
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Ship Research Association
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 12 1981 12:00AM