Salvage crew embarks at FPSO Cidade do Rio de Janeiro

Aug 28, 2019

Modec informs that a Salvage crew has embarked at FPSO Cidade do Rio de Janeiro this Wednesday (28) to evaluate the vesselís conditions; located at the Campos Basin, 130 kilometers off the coast. From this assessment, Modec and Petrobras will be able to define the best strategy to decommission and remove the platform.

The damage to the vesselís hull has progressed, but they remain confined to a single tank, which is a stable scenario. The draft and inclination conditions remain stable

An aerial observation conducted at the location concluded that the oil sheen remains the same. Supporting ships are working to clean and disperse the remaining product.

The FPSO Cidade do Rio de Janeiro, operated by Modec for Petrobras since 2007, concluded its production cycle at July 2018 and is being decommissioned ever since.

Update about the FPSO Cidade do Rio de Janeiro

Aug 27, 2019

Modec reported that the vessel FPSO Cidade do Rio de Janeiro remains stable and in normal draught and inclination conditions at the Campus Basin, 130 km off the coast. An overflight undertaken today observed a significant reduction of the oil slick, and at the moment the slick is approximately 0.4 m≥ in size.

The Salvage team that will be evaluating the conditions of the FPSO and determining the best strategy for concluding the decommissioning and removal of the platform is already in Macať. The group will be boarding the vessel on Wednesday, August 28.

Modec has operated the FPSO Cidade do Rio de Janeiro for Petrobras since 2007. It reached the end of its production cycle in July 2018 and has been undergoing decommissioning procedures since then.

MODEC Reports Oil Spill in Espadarte Field offshore Brazil

Tokyo - August 27, 2019

On Friday, August 23, 2019, MODEC, Inc. ("MODEC") informed Petrůleo Brasileiro S.A. ("PETROBRAS") that, after inspection at the external tanks, cracks were identified at the hull of FPSO Cidade do Rio de Janeiro, at the Espadarte field, in the Campos Basin, 130 km off the coast of Brazil. During the weekend, 1.2 cubic meter of residual oil leaked from the unit, which was identified and recovered. This Monday, August 26, 2019, in a new overflight, the presence of oil at sea was perceived, in an estimated amount of 6.6 cubic meters.

Seven vessels are already at location, for recovery and dispersion, aside from four support vessels and one chopper for overflights. The increase on the extension of the cracks was identified since the beginning of the event, yet the vessel continues to be with stable positioning and safe conditions, under permanent monitoring of MODEC and PETROBRAS.

FPSO Cidade do Rio de Janeiro is out of production since last year and in departure procedure from Espadarte location. All crew members were disembarked over the period between August 24 and 26, 2019 and arrived safely at shore.

FPSO Cidade do Rio de Janeiro. Image by MODEC Inc.

MODEC Inc., Ltd. press release