On June 2nd, 2021, the Scandi Buzios, TechDOF’s underwater construction and pipe-laying vessel, caught fire while docked next to Port do Açu in Brazil. DOF Group, the Norwegian offshore specialist, released a statement confirming the incident. A video shows thick smoke and flames billowing from the ship’s deck. The fire is now under control, thanks to the crew and local authorities. Fortunately, no staff members have sustained serious injuries.
TechDOF, a joint venture between TechnipFMC and DOF Subsea, owns and operates the Scandi Buzios. The investigation into the cause of the incident continues, and the company is cooperating with the inquiry. The Scandi Buzios, built in 2016, is designed for ROV services as well as underwater construction, laying pipes, and IRM tasks in water depths up to 3,000 meters.
Located in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Port do Açu opened in 2014 and is the largest private deep-sea industrial port complex in Latin America. The incident is a reminder of the inherent risks involved in the offshore industry. Despite the best efforts of all concerned, accidents can and do occur. However, the prompt response by the crew and local authorities brings hope that the situation will be resolved without significant long-term consequences.
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