WORKER REPORTED MISSING FROM VALARIS 121 EN ROUTE TO DUNDEE

January 24, 2023

A spokesperson from Valaris said: “Valaris regrets to confirm that yesterday (Sunday, January 22), at approximately 1900 GMT, a Valaris employee was reported missing from jackup VALARIS 121.
“Searches from the air and sea involving aircraft from HM Maritime and Coastguard Agency, as well as vessels in the area, were conducted through the night. The operation was stood down around 0700hrs (Monday, January 22).”

Two oil supply vessels, a Coastguard helicopter and Coastguard aeroplane had been supporting with the search efforts overnight.
At the time of the accident being reported, the rig was under tow from its last operating location in the North Sea to Dundee.
The jackup Valaris 121 was contracted out to Harbour Energy. The drilling rig is a 400 ft jackup built by Keppel Offshore and Marine in Singapore in 2013.
(Source: AberdeenLive/The Press and Journal/BBC/The Scottish Sun – Image: jackup Valaris 121 on tow/Valaris)