December 24, 2002
MAYDAY CALL FROM BROKEN DOWN MOTOR TANKER BERTORA 130 MILES EAST OF PETERHEAD
At 10:00 this evening Aberdeen Coastguard were alerted by the Oil platform "MARNOCK" of a Mayday broadcast from the motor tanker "BERTORA".
The "BERTORA" which is 55,756 gross registered tonnes and 230 metres in length was approximately 130 miles east of Peterhead when her engines failed.
The master of the vessel broadcast a distress call on the distress frequency VHF Ch 16, which was received by the rig standby vessel "VIKING PROTECTOR".
The "VIKING PROTECTOR" relayed the distress call to the oil platform who contacted Aberdeen Coastguard.
The cause of the engine failure was discovered to be a safety pin in the oil fuel line,
which had failed and cut off all fuel to the engine.
Once this was discovered as the problem it was soon rectified
and the vessel is now continuing its passage to the Pierce oilfield from Rotterdam.
George Downie, Aberdeen Coastguard Duty Watch Manager said:
The weather at the moment in the vicinity of the vessel is South Easterly, Storm Force 10, with a wave height between 6 - 10 metres.
Due to the vessel being within close proximity of offshore platforms and the weather conditions,
the Master made the correct decision in making a distress call.