Fire onboard Subsea Viking

A fire, which broke out on the ROV Subsea Viking last night while it was moored at Hatson Pier in Scotland’s Orkney Islands, led to an exclusion zone being put out around the pier. The fire was quickly extinguished, but a local coastguard tug continued to pour water over the vessel for many hours into the early morning in a bid to cool gas cylinders stored on the deck.

The 1999-built Subsea Viking is a construction / flexlay vessel owned by Eidesvik Shipping and on charter to Subsea 7.

A ferry due to call at the pier last night diverted to a neighbouring facility.


Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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