According to an NGO report, on April 21, a worker died while scrapping an FPSO vessel formerly owned by BW Offshore at an Indian beaching yard. On the other hand, BW Offshore has stated that the incident was “unrelated to the ongoing recycling of former BW Offshore FPSOs at the yard.”
According to a report released on Wednesday by the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, the accident occurred at the Priya Blue Industries shipbreaking yard in Alang, India. The non-governmental organization describes itself as a coalition working to reverse the environmental damage and human rights violations caused by shipbreaking practices and ensure the safe and environmentally sound dismantling of end-of-life ships.
“According to local sources, a nitrogen tank removed from the vessel violently exploded and killed the worker on the spot,” the NGO said.
After a cold-lay-up in Oman and unsuccessful attempts to negotiate a new contract in Brazil, BW Offshore sold the FPSO Cidade de So Vicente to Priya Blue Industries in February for a price of $12.8 million.