Liftboat believed lost in Nigerian rig fireVessel & ROV News // January 18, 2012
Hercules Offshore has announced that Mako, a 175ft class liftboat in Nigeria, was engulfed by a fire that originated on a third-party rig, KS Endeavor, during the early morning hours on January 16, 2012.
Mako was providing excess storage services adjacent to the KS Endeavor drilling rig at the time of the incident.
The incident occurred off the coast of Nigeria, approximately 250km west of Port Harcourt. All 27 personnel aboard Mako were safely rescued and transported to a local clinic for medical evaluation and treatment. No major injuries have been reported.
At this time, the company has not been able to confirm the extent of the damage to Mako, although visual indication from company employees at the site indicated that the vessel sustained significant damage.
The vessel has an insured value of $8.0 million, subject to a $1.0 million deductible. The deductible would not apply in the event the vessel is a total loss. The company also carries removal of wreck insurance, subject to a $250,000 deductible.