3 workers die in fatal ship dismantling accident off Libya

3 workers die in fatal ship dismantling accident off Libya


An accident during a vessel decommissioning operations in waters offshore Libya has resulted in the death of at least three Tunisian workers, while one is missing and another one is injured.

According to reports from Libya’s Mellitah Oil & Gas, the accident happened last Friday during the process of dismantling and hauling of the floating storage and offloading (FSO) vessel Sloug when one of the chains binding it snapped, plunging the workers into the sea. 

The deceased were employees of a Tunisian contractor, which was carrying out maintenance work on the FSO. The vessel was sold in a tender process, including the equipment and deposits of processed crude oil in the tanks. The vessel, which has been out of service since 2017, is located on the Mellitah-operated Al-Bouri field located offshore Libya.

After a tender process, the vessel was handed over for a period of three months to the contractor. Under the tender, the buyer was responsible for the FSO during the disconnection operations and towing at sea until it reaches its final destination.

Mellitah emphasised that the buyer has now been urged to start the hauling process as soon as possible. The company also said that the investigation into the accident has been launched in cooperation with authorities.

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