Rogue Wave In Vos Sailor CO Fatality?

 Accident, Accident Investigation, fatality, rogue waves, Vroon, weather  Comments Off on Rogue Wave In Vos Sailor CO Fatality?
Jan 152013
Vos Sailor (Photo:

Vos Sailor (Photo:

Aberdeen-based Vroon Offshore has issued a preliminary report on the 15 December 2012 incident in which an apparently large wave smashed through the the storm shutters of the ERRV VOS Sailor killing the vessel’s Chief Officer and destroying the bridge equipment. Eleven crew were successfully evacuated. The vessel was so damaged that it has been scrapped.

Says Derek Leiper, QHSE Manager, Vroon Offshore Services Ltd: “Obviously, we are at a very early stage of investigation, but feel it is important to keep everyone updated on a regular basis”.

At 04:05 the ERRV Vos Sailor was struck by a large body of water whilst on location during heavy weather. The internal of the vessels bridge was completely destroyed along with structural damage to the forward accommodation and both front and back bridge windows shattered.

According to Lieper the Swell height at the time was reported at 12 metres; the vessel had the storm shutters up on all five front bridge windows; the vessel was head to weather, doing approx. 1.5 knots to 2 knots; all storm shields were forced through the forward windows; All bridge equipment, consols and so on were destroyed; all windows across the back of the bridge were shattered from the inside. Continue reading »

Give Us A Wave!!!

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Oct 092007

You won’t many of these to the pound. Long thought to be just a seafarers myth, rogue waves of 20 metres, and sometimes much more are now being seriously studied and know to be much more frequent than once thought, that’s to radar imagery from the European Space Agency.

It’s hardly surprising that as many as 200 ships have been sunk over the past 20 years by these watery behemoths.

Read Karsten Petersen’s account of the wave that nearly tore the chemcial tanker Stolt Surf apart. A wave that he had to look UP at from a deck already 22 metres above waterline.

Such a wave broke windows on the 10th Deck of the 92,250 gross tonnes cruise ship Norwegian Dawn in April 2005 and the bridge on the 6,753 Bremen in 2001.

Something similar took a whole chunk out of the bow of the Norwegian tanker Wilstar:

And here’s another arer photo from the Bay of Biscay:

In 1995 The QE2 met a 29 metre wave in the North Atlantic, around 50 years after the Queen Mary was almost capsized by a rogue wave.

And here’s a wave that swept across the super tanker Esso Languedoc in 1980.

Freak wave © Philippe Lijour

These are not always triggerd by a storm, and shouldn’t be confused with tsunami waves. These monsters can come out of nowhere.