Rig fire confined to one leg
The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service received an alarm of a fire aboard the "Byford Dolphin" on May 21, 2015, at 1.45 p.m. 350 shipyard factory workers were evacuated. Around 50 firefighters were sent to the scene and and when they arrived they joined up with Harland and Wolff who have their own firefighters - and had already made the first strike at the fire. Some of the Harland and Wolff firefighters joined the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Team due to their familiarity with the layout of the rig. The fire which was accidental was contained and confined to one of the legs of the oil rig. It took two hours to close the incident and there were no injuries to any of the shipyard workers nor fire and rescue personnel. Workers were back on board the "Byford Dolphin" within 30 minutes.
Rig fire at Harland and Wolff, 1000 workers evacuated
Around 1,000 workers were evacuated from a rig at Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast on May 21 afternoon when a fire broke out. The incident was sparked by welding being done on a semi-submersible rig, Byford Dolphin, which was at the yard for a periodic survey and upgrade.Upload News