Service Vessel Hits Cargo Ship Off Germany

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On February 19, fifteen people were injured, several seriously, after an offshore wind crew transfer vessel hit a cargo ship in the German Baltic Sea.

What happened?

The vessel World Bora was on its way to the 350MW Wikinger offshore wind farm operated by Spanish energy group Iberdrola when it was involved in a collision.

There were no casualties on the cargo vessel involved, the 81-metre Raba which was travelling from Copenhagen to Szczecin in Poland.

The German Maritime Search and Rescue Association said that lifeboat crew helped take those hurt off the World Bora following the collision. The casualties from the offshore wind vessel were transported to hospital from the port of Sassnitz, some of the seriously injured by helicopter.

Investigation initiated

The vessel was on its way to Wikinger to carry out ordinary operation and maintenance activities, with four crew and 11 wind farm technicians – two employees of Iberdrola itself and nine from turbine group Siemens Gamesa.

The Spanish group put the number of casualties at six. Although in principle, none of the injuries seems to be life-threatening, Iberdrola is following up on their condition.

The company released a statement, “Iberdrola would like to express its gratitude to all the rescue teams involved in the operation for their diligence and professionalism“.

German maritime police have launched an investigation into the incident.

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Source: 4coffshore

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