Petronas has confirmed that an investigation is being carried out on the capsized MV Dayang Topaz at the Baram oil field.
In a statement, it said that the vessel owned by DESB Marine Services Sdn Bhd was undertaking operational work at the Baram platform for Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd (PCSB) when the incident occurred.
The sinking of the MV Dayang Topaz vessel is expected to have minimal impact on operations of Dayang Enterprise Holdings Bhd, said Hong Leong Investment Bank (HLIB) Research.
The vessel sank after colliding with the platform as its anchor wire snapped due to the advert weather and strong current.
185 crew members rescued and 2 reported dead out of 187 onboard.
According to HLIB, Topaz caters to about 20% of maintenance work done by Dayang. The vessel is not in a state of total loss and repairable with damage to the vessel also expected to be fully insured, it said.
“The vessel should be ready for commissioning again after one to two months. In the meantime, Dayang would either deploy Zamrud or one of Perdana Petroliam Bhd’s unutilised vessels to continue its work for Petronas Carigali,” HLIB said in a note.
Malaysia’s marine department said the damage caused by the Dayang is yet to be determined but no marine pollution had been detected.
PETRONAS stated below in a statement released.
PETRONAS regrets to inform that an incident involving a vessel which made contact with platform structures occurred at the Baram field, 14 nautical miles off Miri at 6.23 am on 27 October 2020. The vessel, MV Dayang Topaz, owned by DESB Marine Services Sdn Bhd was undertaking operational work at the Baram platform for PETRONAS Carigali Sdn Bhd (PCSB), when it made contact with the platforms after its anchor wire gave way during adverse weather.
There were 187 personnel on board at the time of the incident. As a result of the incident, 125 personnel jumped overboard. The affected personnel were eventually rescued by the emergency responders and evacuated to Miri. However, 2 fatalities were reported.
PETRONAS is deeply saddened by the incident and we would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased.
An investigation is currently underway and all relevant authorities have been informed of the incident. Our utmost priority is the safety of all personnel involved.
At the same time, we will continue to ensure reliable gas supply to consumers in the event of any gas supply interruptions.