• Norway edition
 
Hundreds rescued from listing Norway oil rig
File image of the Floatel Superior oil rig (Photo: Floatel International/NTB Scanpix).

Hundreds rescued from listing Norway oil rig

Published: 07 Nov 2012 10:53 GMT+01:00
Updated: 07 Nov 2012 16:20 GMT+01:00

"Around 330 people were evacuated and we're halting the evacuation at this stage," said Einar Knudsen, a spokesman for the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Southern Norway.

Just over 40 people were to stay on the rig for security work, he added.

The Floatel Superior, effectively a floating hotel for staff working on the neighbouring Njord A production platform, was evacuated after the rig had tilted four degrees due to a leak in one of the ballast tanks, Statoil said.

The rupture appeared to have been caused by a collision with an anchor.

The Njord A itself, which lies about 50 nautical miles from land, is currently closed for maintenance, according to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.

The rig was stabilized an hour later after other ballast tanks were partially flooded to balance it, but as a safety precaution all non-essential personnel, meaning the vast majority of the 374 people on board, were evacuated.

"We normally have two layers of protection against leaks, and since there remained only one, we decided to bring non-essential personnel to safety," group spokesman Ola Anders Skauby told AFP.

"We take the situation seriously," he said, adding that it was normal to prepare for a worst case scenario.

Six helicopters were deployed to the area, in difficult weather, according to the rescue centre.

Employees were airlifted from the Floatel to Njord A, Knudsen said.

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Controversial VAT limit raised to 350 kroner
Norway government raises VAT limit for e-commerce Photo: Shutterstock

Controversial VAT limit raised to 350 kroner

The highly debated duty-free limit for imported goods has been finally set at 350 kroner by the Norwegian government, on Friday. READ  

Norway to grow food crops in space
NASA's International Space Station. Photo: Shutterstock

Norway to grow food crops in space

A team of scientists in Norway are set to research the possibility of growing plants and food crops in outer space, it was revealed on Friday. READ  

Queen Latifah to host Nobel award ceremony
Queen Latifah. Photo: Shutterstock

Queen Latifah to host Nobel award ceremony

US former rap artist turned Queen Latifah will host the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo in December. READ  

World Chess Champs: Ninth game, eighth draw
Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand. Photo: Berit Roald / NTB scanpix

World Chess Champs: Ninth game, eighth draw

Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand drew the ninth match of the World Chess Championship on Thursday, in a match pundits described as "boring". READ  

Wanted for TV doc: UK expats in Nordics
Do you live off-grid in Scandinavia? Photo: Traditional log farm houses, Norway Shutterstock

Wanted for TV doc: UK expats in Nordics

Have you and your family moved to a snowy wildscape in Scandinavia and set up eco-friendly home? If so, a British film production company would like to hear from you. READ  

Sham healer jailed for harming cancer victim

Sham healer jailed for harming cancer victim

A 70-year-old self-confessed alternative medicine man has been jailed in Norway after he gave misleading and illegal advice to a terminally cancer patient, it was revealed on Thursday. READ  

Oslo: Home to Nordics' most expensive property
Panorama view of Oslo, Norway. Photo: Shutterstock

Oslo: Home to Nordics' most expensive property

A three-bedroom apartment sold for a cool 40 million kroner price-tag in Norway this week, making it the most expensive property per square metre ever sold among the Nordic nations. READ  

Norway number two at feeling free

Norway number two at feeling free

Norway has been ranked as the second-best country in the world for their citizens perceiving holding personal freedom, a recent study revealed. READ  

Norway fells its London Christmas tree gift
Oslo Mayor Fabian Stang and Lord Mayor of Westminster, Councillor Audrey Lewis. Photo: Lise Åserud / NTB scanpix

Norway fells its London Christmas tree gift

The 67-year tradition of Norway cutting down a fir tree to give to England in time for Christmas, took place on Wednesday, watched by a very special Royal guest. READ  

Uber rideshare app gets Nordic knockback

Uber rideshare app gets Nordic knockback

Uber, the app that allows random people to taxi-share, has launched in Norway, but faces a legal challenge from the government, it was announced on Wednesday. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Health
Norwegian Ebola victim free of virus
National
Kjell Inge Røkke tops Norway's Rich List
International
Surprise! Norway priciest for home comforts
National
Norway terror attacks to become TV drama
International
Malala: Youngest ever Nobel Peace Laureate
Society
Norwegian 'child bride' to marry in Oslo
Society
The fickle five: Meet the Nobel commitee
National
Norway celebrates 25 years of Sami politics
Business & Money
CurrencyFair: Why it pays when making overseas transfers
International
Norway best country for older people
Society
Queen Sonja of Norway's nephew jailed
National
Ex-Norway PM set to become head of Nobel
National
Muslim centre wanted on site of Munch Museum
International
Norway to send military staff in fight against IS
National
Father warns Breivik 'more extreme than ever'
Society
Norway's Princess of the Paranormal under fire
National
Four-year-old Norway girl sleepwalks 4km
National
Photo: Baby cliff edge shocker in Norway
Travel
Cruise line offers Northern Lights promise
National
10-tonne shark found dead off Norway coast
Culture
Britney to visit Norway for lingerie launch
International
'If Snowden wins Nobel Prize, arrest him!': MP
Culture
VIDEO: Swim ace does 'Pool Rubik's Challenge'
National
Norwegian man in 7,000 litre 'Ice Truck Challenge'
Society
Norwegian brewery pulls 'fart-smelling' beer
Sport
Ødegaard: Norway's youngest player ever
Features
Meet Norway's raining kings of fashion
National
Miracle cat survives 20 gunshots in Norway
National
Second death within hours at Chess Olympics
National
Norway and Sweden mark 200 years of peace
Culture
Interview: Helene Meldahl, selfie artist
Society
Now serving ... Norway's smallest bar
Travel
Floating Northern Lights hotel planned in Norway
National
Circus camel escapes again
National
Swiss bus driver charged with careless driving in fatal Norway crash
Society
Brit's charity tractor trek heads for Norway
National
Norway lifts Segway ban
Culture
GALLERY: Ten great songs about Norway
Society
Høie promises to reform sex change law
Education
Norway fjord invaded by monster jellyfish
Culture
VIDEO: Norwegian anti-Facebook film goes viral
Culture
Norway pop duo hits number 4 on US charts
Sport
Norway fan wins big on Suarez bite bet
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

307
jobs available
The Local Spain is hiring!
The Local is seeking a new editor for our site in Spain to join our growing team of internationally-minded, driven, ambitious and clued-up journalists
Click here for the full job description