A tribunal heard yesterday that a boat which crashed into a North Sea rig had “the capacity to take out the platform and all the people on it”.
Oil and gas industry giant Apache, which has a number of installations off the coast of the north-east, entered its third day of appeal against an improvement order served on it by the Health and Safety Executive.
The order was issued by the HSE following an investigation into an incident on March 16 last year, when the 291ft Sea Falcon supply vessel collided with Apache’s Forties Echo platform, around 110 miles from Aberdeen.
Nobody was hurt in the incident, but 15 personnel had to be evacuated.
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