Watch: Dangerous Job On Offshore Supply Vessel, Waves Wash Away Crew On Deck

Working on offshore vessels is an extremely difficult and dangerous job. Watch this video showing the crew of an offshore supply vessel working on deck amidst heavy waves.

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Watch the video as one of the waves washes the crew away on the deck while the ship pitches heavily over the waves.

Watch the video below:

Have you seen anything like this before? Let us know in the comments below.

NOTE: Marine Insight does not have enough information to verify this video and cannot vouch for its accuracy.

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12 Comments

  1. Did this many times, you can tell the hands working the mid deck areas don’t understand what the hazards are. I saw on deck hand who seem to know what he is doing. I sent many hours riding the aft deck of a work boat off-loading well casing. one moment you were high and dry and the next you were swimming. You have to learn where the hand holds are and how to keep an eye on the sea and the work your doing at the same time.

  2. They are not on lines because they have to be able to run. It is actually safer to be washed up the deck than be tied down with a line and the full force of the water against them. All you see in the video is the boat backing up to the rig.

    They will soon be loading cargo on the deck. THAT is when it gets REALLY dangerous.
    There will soon be equipment and supplies that weigh many tons coming down on that deck.

    17 years as captain or mate on one of that type of vessel. I spent a couple of years out there on the deck before moving up to the pilothouse.

  3. In such height of waves, its not allowed by the client to do any job, the only thing to be done is to shelter awaiting weather improvment, its even risky for the rig or the complex to be approached by any object in such weather, there should be an international weather criteria that controls such risky jobs.

  4. It is not arguably when people refers to weather criteria but this is applicable to routine ops, but sometimes depend on working circumstances. It seems that the AHTS is trying to catch a messenger line for a possible towing either because the tow line had parted or the rig is in need of another extra tugboat due the harsh environment. After more than 20 years as mate and captain in offshore and salvage doing similar works on hard (and cold) seas, is up to the master decision and the deckhand experience to take some risks (this is why we are paid for among others). This situation, as shown on the video has been very common particularly some years ago and despite the scenographical aspect this ops can be handled by the crew. I am seeing more silly incidents because of DP that those when handling manually in the odds. Risk sometime was fun and created a feeling of proud (silly heroically of course) and we all on board won the experience and skill. Now new generations are not taking chances and make more meaningless mistakes because of fear and excessively stringent HSE rules created by unexperienced bureaucrats hiding on the leeside of the desk. The time of real seamen disappeared time ago, now we have “workers” on board.

  5. Not that big a deal. No one was washed overboard and I seen alot more water on deck. Guys need to learn to judge each swell, feel the motion of their boat, predict it’s reaction and run when they need too.

  6. Brings back memories use to do that for years and yes the seas can wash you forward are overboard. That’s why you watch out for each other it is dangerous job. The weather looked like it wasn’t bad enough to wait for it to calm down.

  7. Nothing changed. Have footage posted on YouTube with similar work environments. Dating from 1997. But know this is happening since the beginning of working with supply vessels. So nothing new.

  8. Worked for Mister Norman F. McCall for 20 years on crewboats. If you don’t like your job quit.

  9. I was at the barge Iroquois (from where this video was recorded) in Brazil back in 2008, I was one of the deck crew members.

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