The well intervention vessel Siem Helix 1 caught fire at Flensburger Schiffbau Gesellschaft, Germany. The vessel was about to start her maiden voyage, but cables of at one of the aggregates inflamed and fire started into the engine room and aft deck. At the scene of the accident were dispatched more than 40 firefighters to get control over the flames. After two hours the flames were put under control and fully extinguished. The damages of the engineering seems to be sufficient, but as well the aft deck is destroyed. The extend of the damages will be further inspected and assessed.
The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the fire, but according to preliminary information the fire started for technical malfunction in one of the aggregates of the diesel generator. The vessel’s maiden voyage probably will be delayed until further repair works and special survey.
The well maintenance vessel Siem Helix 1 (IMO: 9733454) has overall length of 157.60 m, moulded beam of 31.00 m and maximum draft of 8.50 m. The deadweight of the ship is 12,500 DWT and the gross tonnage is 21,500 GRT. The vessel was built in 2016 by Flemsburger Schiffbau Gesellschaft in their shipyard in Germany. The owned and operator of the ship is Siem Offshore AS. The well maintenance vessel Siem Helix 1 has DP class 3, accommodation for 150 people and cargo deck area of 3,100 sq m.