Petronas confirms MV Dayang Topaz collision, two fatalities

The bodies of the two deceased is seen in a helicopter which landed at Miri Airport at 5.40pm today (Oct 27, 2020). The boies were later handed over to the police and taken to the hospital. Photo courtesy of Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency

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KUCHING, Oct 27: Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) confirmed that the MV Dayang Topaz vessel had collided with an oil platform structure after its anchor wire gave way during adverse weather at the Baram field.

Two MV Dayang Topaz crew members perished while 185 others were rescued and safely arrived at the Krokop offshore jetty this afternoon following the maritime accident at Baram field, 14 nautical miles off Miri at 6.23am today.

“The vessel, MV Dayang Topaz, owned by DESB Marine Services Sdn Bhd was undertaking operational work at the Baram platform for Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd (PCSB), when it made contact with the platforms.

“There were 187 personnel on board at the time of the incident. As a result of the incident, 125 personnel jumped overboard. The affected personnel were eventually rescued by the emergency responders and evacuated to Miri. However, two fatalities were reported,” the statement read.

Petronas revealed that an investigation is currently underway and all relevant authorities have been informed of the incident.

“Our utmost priority is the safety of all personnel involved. At the same time, we will continue to ensure reliable gas supply to consumers in the event of any gas supply interruptions,” the statement added.

The statement disclosed Petronas was deeply saddened by the incident and extended its heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased.

Meanwhile, all survivors of the MV Dayang Topaz were given treatment by health personnel upon arrival at the offshore jetty.

The crew members will also be undergoing mandatory 14-day quarantines. — DayakDaily