The PetroJarl Banff, damaged when it lost tension in five of its ten anchors in severe North Sea gales last December, has been discharging its oil cargo at Nigg over the weekend. The FPSO (Floating Production Storage and Offloading) vessel — with 4400 tonnes of crude oil on board — drifted up to 250m from its moorings with part of the subsea structure that linked it to the seabed still attached. It was berthed for more than eight months at Scapa Flow for repair work and investigations before arriving in the Cromarty Firth.
According to the ship's operator, Teekay Petrojarl, the PetroJarl Banff will be towed to Germany for refit work. Because of the ship's unusual shape only a small number of shipyards can carry out this work. "Modifications will be done to the vessel whilst in Germany with the intention of the ship returning to the North Sea in the summer of 2013 and recommencing oil and gas production."