Authorities in China have confirmed the jack-up vessel Sheng Ping 001 has capsized while at work on China General Nuclear New Energy’s Huizhou offshore windfarm
The incident involving the jack-up, the former Teras Fortress 2, designed and built as a self-elevating liftboat, took place on 25 July 2021.
According to Xinhua News Agency, four people remain missing out of 65 who were on board at the time. The cause of the incident has not been disclosed.
Images from social media suggest the unit may have been jacked up at the time.
Xinhua said the Guangdong Maritime Search and Rescue Centre received a report about the incident at 11.26 local time on 25 July. At the time, the vessel was working in an area off the port of Huidong County, Huizhou City.
An emergency response effort was launched immediately involving several vessels and ships in the area.
It has not been confirmed what role Sheng Ping 001 had on the project or the nature of the work it was undertaking when the incident occurred.
When built, the 60 m x 54 m x 6 m self-elevating liftboat had accommodation for up to 250 people, a fixed leg length of 137.25 m, usable leg length of 122.72 m and was designed to operate in a maximum water depth of 112 m.
According to Clarksons Research, the self-elevating unit is owned by Tianjin Jincheng Offshore Engineering Co Ltd and was recently refitted with a 1,600-tonne crane.