Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Saudi - Survivors of Aramco rig incident recount ordeal  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Arab News - 07/01/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - Arab News) One of the ten Saudi survivors of Saudi Aramco's platform accident on "Arabiya-4" relayed to Arab News how the events unfolded rapidly during the inciden

.

Hashim Yossif Al-Sharfa, one of the survivors and an operator for Saudi Aramco, said he couldn't recall the exact details of the accident because the jack-up rig sank so quickly. He stressed that despite the precautions put in place for this type of emergency there were still casualties.



Three Asian workers died in the aftermath of the accident, while 24 workers survived



"The last scene I saw was the platform's jack legs because I suffered from a broken nose and cuts in my leg," the survivor explained



"I remember that the accident happened at 2 p.m.; the situation was very difficult, I fell on the cabin's floor and I was leaning on a pipe next to me, I was trying to hang on when the rig turned upside down and the majority of the staff fell in the sea," Al-Sharfa recalled



"Saudi Aramco's rapid response team saved us and we were transferred to larger ships to reach a place called 'Kasab', where helicopters waited to transport us to Aramco's hospital in Dhahran," he added



Al-Sharfa pointed out that he has no knowledge of the reasons behind the technical problems that caused the rig to sink

Al-Sharfa and the rest of the injured crew were examined and provided with medical care; some of them had to be hospitalized for several days

Majeed Al-Eisa, another survival who sent the SOS call, said that what happened on Thursday noon was like a "doomsday", emphasizing, "It all happened in a blink of an eye.



The 51 year-old man sent the SOS call, which was received by an employee in the company's Emergency Department



"I reported the incident via the radio when I felt the rig sinking gradually into the sea and water reaching the upper level," Al-Eisa said

He described the sequence of events that took place after, recalling that the crew climbed to the upper part of the rig that did not sink as the sound of the platform's metal parts breaking echoed loudly.



Source have revealed that Saudi Aramco will dismantle and exclude the sunken jack-up rig "Arabiya-4" that conducts maintenance on the platform, due to the high costs of operation

The source added that the operating company contracting



With Aramaco is following up on the investigation to assert who is responsible for the death of the three workers



The operating company began the procedures of transferring the dead workers to their home countries and delivered financial compensation to their families



The same source added that removing the jack-up rig from the sea would cost a large sum of money, due to the expenses of renting a vessel called Derrick barge and the crewmembers needed.

The jack-up rig is around 40 years old and due to its age, its load of work has been reduced and restricted to light work and maintenance.

The sunken jack-up rig began operating when work in the submerged fields in the Kingdom's off-shores commenced

 


Arab News




  MENA News Headlines
 Mar 6 2015 - Iraq, ExxonMobil eye oil agreementsMENAFN
(MENAFN) Texas-based Exxon Mobil Corp is set to make a deal with Iraqi government to restructure oil agreements in such a way that Iraq will meet its near-term cash needs, Reuters reported.According ...

 Mar 6 2015 - Qatar, Luxembourg to sign financial cooperation dealMENAFN
(MENAFN) A financial delegation from Luxembourg is in Qatar in hopes of driving greater strategic cooperation between the two countries in the field of international finance, The Peninsula Qatar ...

 Mar 6 2015 - Egypt, Dubai's Arabtec to renegotiate terms for USD40b planMENAFN
(MENAFN) Arabtec's chairman is set to meet officials of Egypt's housing ministry to renegotiate terms of USD40 billion housing plan, Arabian Business reported.Egypt's housing minister is in talks ...

 Mar 6 2015 - MERS kills 10 more in Saudi, health campaign broadenedAFP
(MENAFN - AFP) The MERS virus has killed 10 more people in Saudi Arabia over the past week, pushing the death toll above 400, as health officials broaden their campaign to halt its spread. Saudi ...

 Mar 5 2015 - Saudi, South Korea consider trade expansionMENAFN
(MENAFN) South Korean President announced that Korea and Saudi must try to diversify commercial cooperation with an emphasis on nuclear energy, renewable energy, education and health care, Arab News ...

 Mar 5 2015 - Etisalat plans to invest USD1.08b in 2015MENAFN
(MENAFN) Emirates Telecommunications Corporation, also known as etisalat, is planning to invest USD952.7 to USD1.08 billion this year on its infrastructure, fiber optic and 4G networks as well as to ...

 Mar 5 2015 - Qatar seeks 7 percent growth in 2015 despite oil plungeMENAFN
(MENAFN) Qatar's economy is expected to grow 7 percent in 2015, as it forges ahead with huge infrastructure investment despite the drop in oil prices, leading economist said.The figure compares with ...

 Mar 5 2015 - French Assystem acquires 75 percent in Saudi RadiconMENAFN
(MENAFN) Assystem completed the acquisition of 75 percent stake in the Saudi Radicon Gulf Consult (Radicon) to create a new engineering offer in the Saudi market nominated Assystem Radicon, Saudi ...

 Mar 5 2015 - Dutch Vopak to expand Fujairah oil storage capacity in 2015MENAFN
(MENAFN) Dutch Vopak is set to build five crude oil storage tanks with total capacity of 478,000 cubic meters at the port of Fujairah in the UAE, Reuters reported.Vopak is already in a partnership ...

 Mar 5 2015 - Saudi Kingdom Holding signs MoU with Korean Investment CorporationMENAFN
(MENAFN) Riyadh-based Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), signed an MoU with Korea Investment Corporation (KIC), Saudi Gazette reported.The MoU is set at producing more opportunities in private equity ...

more...


 






Google

Click to Apply

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help