Mighty Servant 3 sinks after offloading drilling platformNews // December 6, 2006
Heavy lift specialist Dockwise has issued a statement about the loss earlier today of its semi-submersible, Mighty Servant 3.
Said Dockwise: "Earlier this morning, the semi submersible vessel Mighty Servant 3 developed a list and sank after offloading the drilling platform Aleutian Key. The vessel is resting on the sea bottom in approximately 62m of water. The drilling platform did not sustain any damage and is underway to its drilling location."
"All of the 21 crew of the vessel have been taken off the vessel and are on their way to the Port of Luanda on board of one of the supporting vessels on standby during the offloading. The 83 crew of the drilling platform were all safely on board of the drilling platform at the moment of the incident."
The vessel is approximately one mile off the North Angolan coast and very close to the entrance to Port of Luanda.
Local authorities have been informed and are assisting in the response effort.
The cause of the incident is not known at this time, but is being investigated.
The 27,720dwt vessel is Dutch flagged and has a combination of Dutch and Filipino crew. Families of the crew members have been informed, and the crew are to be repatriated as soon as possible.
The specification of the vessel can be found on www.dockwise.com.