Incident on board FPSO in transit

The BOKA Vanguard. Credit: Boskalis/Aankomst Maasmond

On 7 January, an incident occurred on board a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, which is currently being transported by the Boskalis-owned Vanguard from China to Brazil. One person has died, and five others have been hospitalised after an intoxication. During the journey a contractor, designated by the yard, is conducting preservation works on board of the FPSO.

These works are part of the pre-delivery activities by the yard before the FPSO is delivered to the operator in Brazil later in January. Six workers – all Brazilian nationals – illegally consumed a cleaning liquid found on board of the FPSO.

This liquid is a substance customarily used for degreasing purposes, presumably containing a mixture of ethanol and the severely toxic methanol. “The affected persons reported this to our crew approximately 36 hours after consumption at which point serious signs of illness were becoming apparent. Swift and immediate action was taken by our crew,” said Boskalis.

Vanguard changed its course towards the coast of South Africa and a medical evacuation by helicopter was organised. However, one of the affected individuals passed away before the medical assistance was on site. The remaining five persons were successfully evacuated, hospitalised in Durban, South Africa, and are successfully recovering from the intoxication.

Boskalis expresses its deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of the deceased person.

Boskalis also stresses that it has a strict zero-tolerance policy with regard to alcohol on its offshore vessels. The FPSO and Vanguard have recently resumed their journey to Brazil.