Security alert means Oil Platform Evacuated

Gavin Gait
10th February 2008, 12:13
Just breaking news on BBC News24 , a security alert has lead to the Police ordering the evacuation of 2 oil rigs 100nm North of Aberdeen. 14 Military and Coastguard helicopters are taking off 539 crew ( sounds like more than 2 rigs possibly 3 or 4 , most men on an oil rig my Father can remember was just over 200 and that was only due to a large shot-blasting and painting team aboard )

marinero
10th February 2008, 12:18
Just breaking news on BBC News24 , a security alert has lead to the Police ordering the evacuation of 2 oil rigs 100nm North of Aberdeen. 14 Military and Coastguard helicopters are taking off 539 crew ( sounds like more than 2 rigs possibly 3 or 4 , most men on an oil rig my Father can remember was just over 200 and that was only due to a large shot-blasting and painting team aboard )

With that number of men it sounds more like Platforms rather than Rigs.
Regards

Gavin Gait
10th February 2008, 12:23
Sounds like the Claymore Field from the latest position of 115nm NE of Aberdeen and the latest on BBC News24 is that it was , apparently , caused by a female crew member onboard the platform. From reports it sounds like the RN EOD ( bomb disposal ) team from Rosyth will be flying up ASAP with their divers to inspect the Platform.

Fiesty Fay
10th February 2008, 12:26
Yes it is platforms, there are 2 involved but only one being evacuated at the moment.

Fay

Gavin Gait
10th February 2008, 12:26
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/north_east/7237503.stm

Fiesty Fay
10th February 2008, 12:27
Rig evacuated in security alert
An oil platform in the North Sea is being evacuated in a security alert, it has been confirmed.
It is understood that a total of 539 people are being taken off the facility in an operation involving 14 helicopters.

They are being transported to other rigs in the area.

The operation, 115 miles off the Aberdeen coast, began at 0920 GMT on Sunday and is being co-ordinated by Grampian Police.

A spokesman for Aberdeen Coastguard said it was a "large scale" operation and that two platforms were involved, but that just one was being evacuated.


This was the last update on the BBC website

Fay

Gavin Gait
10th February 2008, 12:38
Platform identified as the Safe Scandinavia , RAF Nimrod on scene to co-ordinate , PA News saying a "device" has caused the evacuation

Gavin Gait
10th February 2008, 12:52
Latest from the BBC

Rig evacuated in security alert
An oil platform in the North Sea is being evacuated in a security alert, it has been confirmed.

A total of 539 people are being taken off the Safe Scandinavia in an operation involving 13 helicopters and a fixed wing aircraft.

They are being transported to other rigs in the area.

The operation, 130 miles off the Aberdeen coast, began at 0920 GMT on Sunday and is being co-ordinated by Grampian Police.

A spokesman for Aberdeen Coastguard said it was a "large scale" operation and that two platforms were involved, but that just one was being evacuated.

Squadron leader Barry Neilson, from RAF Kinloss, said of the incident: "It's unusual, that's probably the best way to describe it. But it falls within our normal operating procedures and we are reacting accordingly.

He added that there was a report of a woman on the platform who had sparked the incident, but he could not go into details at this stage.

The Press Association reported sources saying the platform involved was the Safe Scandinavia and that a "device" had been found on board.

However, Mr Neilson said "we are not sure about a device".

Gavin Gait
10th February 2008, 12:55
Latest : NOT a terrorist situation but still a Security alert , Platform is operated by Britannia , 14 Helicopters on scene with Nimrod co-ordinating

Gavin Gait
10th February 2008, 13:04
Safe Scandinavia confirmed as an accomodation platform 115 nm NE of Aberdeen , operators : Britannia Operators Ltd

http://www.planker.dk/LA3FL/safe_scandinavia.htm

Fiesty Fay
10th February 2008, 13:14
There has been another update to the Rig Evacuation, it is the Safe Scandinavia accommodation platform and it seems that the incident was triggered by a woman ahem, 'cough, cough' :P we seem to be in trouble again!

Gavin Gait
10th February 2008, 14:45
SKY News reporting "Security sources" saying that this has been a HOAX alert..... when they catch the culprit they should be made to pay for ALL of the expenses for fuel/maintenance/lost time/etc/etc/etc and if they can't then lock them up and throw away the key (MAD) (MAD) (MAD) (MAD)

Gavin Gait
10th February 2008, 15:02
Grampian Police : 23yr old UK Woman being flown ashore ALL personnel being returned to the Safe Scandanavia

Gavin Gait
10th February 2008, 20:23
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/north_east/7237716.stm

nhp651
10th February 2008, 20:52
apparently she has been detained under the mental health act.a mate of mine who works on these things says that you have to be nuts TOO work on them, so where does that put her?

RayJordandpo
11th February 2008, 07:40
I work on them. You don't HAVE to be crazy but it does help!
Ray Jordan

Fiesty Fay
11th February 2008, 09:10
Well they said it would cost about 500,000 for the evac, hmmm i think that might have been underestimated considering how many helicopters etc and services were used.

Glad to know everyone is safe and that we didn't have a potential Piper Alpha on our hands again, would have been horrendous.

Fay

Gavin Gait
11th February 2008, 20:55
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/north_east/7238147.stm

Remanded in Custody........ throw away the key unless there are verifiable mental health problems

ddraigmor
11th February 2008, 21:11
By that last report, she is in hospital for assessment. In Britain that is s.2 of the Mental health Act 1983 and 28 days assessment. If she is proven not to be sufferig from mental illness, she can walk when the section is lifted - any time, it depends on the Responsible Medical Officer (RMO) - usually a Consultant Psychiatrist.

However, if she is assessed and found to be suffering with a mental illness, she can be placed on a s.3 which is for up to 6 months. Legal representation is free......ie. you and I pay. After that, she also has access to free support (under s.117, she cannot be charged for that suport). I know the Act differes in Scotland but am not au fait with it north of the border!

After all she has sparked off, it is a fairly light sentence. I agree with Davie - make her foot the bill because she is walking from this (no pun intended) scot free.....

Jonty

Gavin Gait
11th February 2008, 21:15
She's remanded for assessment but will still be facing charges if she is declared fit for trial and because she caused a terrorist alert and emergency evacuation from the rig I doubt very much that she would be granted bail. If she does stand trial and is found guilty she is looking at spending the next few years in prison at least and one thing is absolutely sure ..... she will never work offshore again.

davidpayne
11th February 2008, 21:52
On the radio this afternoon it said, that she told some-one that she had, had a DREAM the platform was going to blow up.
The next thing the CR*p hit the fan.

Gavin Gait
25th July 2008, 15:25
North Sea alert charges dropped
A woman charged following the North Sea's biggest security scare will not face court, the BBC Scotland news website can reveal.

A total of 161 staff were airlifted from the Safe Scandinavia platform during the alert in February.

Dana Rosu, 23, of Aberdeen, who had been working aboard the installation, was charged after allegations of a "possible suspicious device".
A spokeswoman for the procurator fiscal said there would be no proceedings.
The incident was described as the North Sea's biggest ever security operation, with plans in place to evacuate more than 500 workers.

A total of 539 people had been on board the Safe Scandinavia.
It is an accommodation installation attached by a bridge to an oil rig in the Britannia field, 130 miles off the Aberdeen coast.

Costly operation
The initial rescue operation involved 13 helicopters and a fixed wing aircraft.
The rescue side of the operation alone was understood to have cost more than 500,000.

A total of 539 people had been on board the Safe Scandinavia
Romanian Ms Rosu had made no plea or declaration during a previous appearance at Aberdeen Sheriff Court and had been remanded to the city's Cornhill psychiatric hospital for assessment.

She was released on bail in March after handing in her passport.
A spokeswoman for the procurator fiscal in Aberdeen told the BBC Scotland news website: "After careful consideration and full investigation, Crown Counsel have decided there will be no criminal proceedings in the case against Dana Rosu."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/north_east/7513529.stm