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Fatal accident on Halten Bank

June 1, 2001, 01:00 CEST

A deckhand on the Viking Queen supply ship was killed in a work accident on Statoil’s Heidrun field in the Norwegian Sea around 23.00 yesterday, 31 May.

The vessel was involved in anchorhandling operations for the Transocean Prospect rig, which is drilling on the field, when the 32-year-old was hit on the head by a steel cable.

Viking Queen is owned by Eidesvik Shipping of Bømlo north of Stavanger. After the accident, the vessel returned to land with the deceased on board.

“All relevant official bodies have been notified, and we will appoint an in-house inquiry team to investigate the accident,” says Thor Haakon Helgesen, senior vice president for Halten/Nordland at Statoil.