The Safe Bristolia. Image courtesy of Prosafe.

The Safe Bristolia accommodation vessel is adrift in the North Sea with crew members on board after severe weather severed its towline.

According to Energy Voice, the Prosafe operated vessel was severed from its towline on Sunday about 75 miles east of Montrose as it was being moved from offshore Scotland to Gdansk, Poland.

Thirty-three personnel are still aboard the Safe Bristolia and no injuries have been reported.

A Prosafe spokesperson told Energy Voice that the company has secured a second anchor handling vessel and it will most likely attempt to reattach the platform to the tow vessel on Tuesday.

“We are monitoring the situation continuously, and can, if necessary, drop one or more anchors to stop further drifting,” the spokesperson said.

The drifting platform is not posing a risk to other vessels, Energy Voice added.

Norway-based Prosafe owns and operates 12 semi-submersible accommodation vessels and has three new builds under construction.

Severe weather in the North Sea has been impacting oil and gas operations since last week.

One person died and another two were injured on Wednesday when a breaking wave crashed into the Statoil operated COSL Innovator platform.

The wave also damaged the vessel’s accommodation module and prompted Statoil to evacuate the rig down to its safety crew.

That same day, precautionary evacuations were ordered after severe weather tore a barge from its moorings and sent it drifting towards platforms at the BP operated Vallhall field and the ConocoPhillips operated Eldfisk and Embla fields.

The barge did not collide with the platforms and normal operations at the Eldfisk and Embla fields resumed on Sunday.

BP told Retuers on Thursday that it was restarting activity at the Vallhall field, a process that takes about 24 hours to complete.


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