At 03:49 Tuesday, Humber Coastguard was alerted to a fire in the engine room of the gas platform standby vessel Ocean Sun. The vessel is 70 nautical miles ENE of Flamborough Head with gale force 8, easterly winds on scene.
The vessel confirmed that the fire had been extinguished at 03:52hrs and had regained power to one engine. However, because of the vital role the standby vessel plays to the gas rig, arrangements are underway to have the vessel replaced by another standby vessel. It is currently thought that it will take at least 18 hours for a relief vessel to arrive.
The 58 metre Ocean Sun is standing by the jack-up rig Ensco 72. The vessel has 12 persons on board. Humber Coastguard is broadcasting Pan Alerts to inform vessels approaching the area of the situation and is putting contingency plans in place to keep the crew and vessel safe until the relief boat arrives.