ALMOST 300 workers have been taken off a North Sea platform following a fire on a support vessel.
Norwegian vessel Edda Frende caught fire in the North Sea 14 miles from a BG Group rig. The Lomond platform is around 145 miles from Aberdeen.
294 workers are affected.
The fire has since been extinguished and the crew are safe, but the boat is currently drifting due to unstable weather.
As a precaution, BG group has began to move out their employees from the a floating hotel or “flotel” at the Lomond platform, which lies around 14 miles from the boats location in case the boat drifts towards it.
A spokesman for BG group said: “The vessel owner is keeping us up to date with its efforts to bring it under control.
“As a precaution we have started to de-mobilise personnel from the Borgholm Dolphin flotel and Lomond platform.
“The Lomond platform has been shut in since October and is undergoing a major investment programme to improve asset integrity and reliability.”
A Dolphin Drilling spokeswoman today said: “Dolphin Drilling can confirm a precautionary downmanning of non-essential personnel from their accommodation unit Borgholm Dolphin.
“They have been downmanned back to Aberdeen.
“The installation is currently on contract to BG Group at their Lomond platform, approximately 150 miles east of Aberdeen.
The controlled downmanning was initiated following reports of a vessel drifting ealier this morning.
“All personnel are accounted and no injuries reported.”
A spokeswoman for Bristow helicopters confirmed that the firm was involved in removing workers.