Petrobras has confirmed that a 68-meter OSV providing support to one of its rigs caught fire and sank last week off the coast of Brazil.
Petrobras says that a fire broke out in the engine room of the Ramco Crusader around 1500 local time on August 8, while the vessel was supporting Petrobras’ drilling operations at the Tango well (1-CES-161), located in block BM-POT-17 approximately 84 km from the coast in the Potiguar basin.
The company says that all 15 crewmembers of the Ramco Crusader were safely evacuated to another vessel without injury. The vessel then drifted for hours before sinking at around 2100 hrs approximately 45 km from the coast, according to a translated statement from Petrobas.
The 1983-built Ramco Crusader is owned by Vestland Marine and has been contracted to Petrobas since June 2011 following an oil recovery conversion.