Strike action was expected to get underway today on a controversial oil production vessel which is due to arrive at Hunterston on Monday
The Petrojarl Foinaven is expected to get under tow today after 25 years of producing oil from the Foinaven field, 120 miles west of Shetland, for her client BP.
However, Unite the union has raised safety concerns for crew aboard the Foinaven Floating Production, Storage and Offloading vessel (FPSO) with continuous strike action set to begin today.
Vic Fraser, Unite industrial officer, said:
“Unite has repeatedly sought assurances that Altera are clear on the actions that our members will be taking during the strike, and the effect this has on the Fionaven during tow.
“We have asked Altera if they have contacted its client BP, the towing company Maersk, and all the regulators to ensure that they are also fully aware of the implications due to the strike action.”
“We remain deeply concerned for the safety of the crew during the tow which is likely to involve around 50 people, for the Foinaven itself, the towing vessels and the wider environment should anything go wrong. Quite literally our members could be stranded at sea for days without any clear safety procedures in place. To date we have faced a wall of silence from Altera over these real concerns which is unacceptable and dangerous.”
Both Altera and BP have stressed their commitment to safety and said plans were in place to ensure the vessel’s safe removal . . . . . continue ready g the article on the Largs and Millport News website here