Container lost offshore, Husky Energy investigating

Cargo operations suspended after sea swallows metal

Published on January 19, 2016
The SeaRose FPSO and the White Rose field. — Submitted photo Husky Energy/Greg Locke © 2008.

An empty 1.3-ton cargo container was being moved from a supply ship to the SeaRose FPSO Sunday, when it was accidentally dropped, sinking in the ocean.

The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (CNLOPB) issued a public incident bulletin this afternoon, based on information provided by operator Husky Energy, stating the lost container was being lifted from the Maersk Detector to the SeaRose when it was lost.

It became entangled with another container of the same size while in transfer, according to the bulletin, with the root cause under investigation by Husky.

“Cargo operations were immediately suspended,” it states. “A number of mitigation measures were enacted to manage potential risk to subsea infrastructure.”