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Crane collapses on Valaris-operated North Sea rig

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THE Health and Safety Executive has launched an inquiry after a crane collapsed on a Valaris oil rig.

A picture was posted on the Rig Worker’s Rant Facebook page showing the incident on the Valaris JU-101 rig, which still shows the vessel’s old name of Ensco 101.

Operator Valaris has been contacted by ABN for comment but has not responded.

It’s unknown whether anyone has been injured.

The jack-up rig is currently stationed in Hartlepool.

The latest incident comes after a separate crane collapse on the Valaris JU-120 last month.

A spokesman for the HSE said: “We have been informed by the duty holder. We remain in dialogue and are conducting initial enquiries.”

Last month, images also appeared online of a crane collapse on the Valaris JU-120, formerly the Ensco 120, while it was stationed near the Jasmine platform in the North Sea.

HSE also said it was making enquiries into that incident.

London-headquartered Valaris was created last year through a merger of rival rig contractors Ensco and Rowan, forming the largest firm of its kind globally by fleet size.


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