Oil spill caused by leaky loading hose at Statoil platform

A leaking loading hose has caused an oil spill near the OLS B loading buoy at the Statfjord field, which is operated by Statoil in the North Sea, between Norway’s west coast and the Shetland Islands.

The spill (pictured) was reported at 08:30hrs (local time) while the tanker Hilda Knutsen was being loaded from the Statfjord A platform via the OLS B loading buoy, which is located between Statfjord A and Statfjord B.

“The leak is located in a flange in the loading hose. It is also too early to say how much oil has leaked,” Statoil said in a statement today.

After the spill was spotted, the tanker loading operation was stopped and the pipeline and loading system from Statfjord A was closed, Statoil said. Production at the platform has been unaffected.

A stand-by vessel with oil spill response equipment is on the scene, along with an anchor handling vessel, equipped with a ROV. An SAR helicopter is monitoring the spill, Statoil said.

Holly Birkett

Holly is Splash's Online Editor and correspondent for the UK and Mediterranean. She has been a maritime journalist since 2010, and has written for and edited several trade publications. She is currently studying for membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. In 2013, Holly won the Seahorse Club's Social Media Journalist of the Year award. She is currently based in London.
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