Asian Geos Provides Support to Crew and Family Affected by the Fire Incident On-board MV Geos
On Tuesday, 17 April 2018 at 0300hrs, a fire broke out on-board MV Geos, a specialised offshore Geotechnical vessel, owned by Asian Geos Sdn Bhd. At the time of the incident, she was engaged to provide offshore soil investigation services at the PETRONAS BDU-1 site, approximately 10km off the coast of Baram, Miri.
There were a total of 39 crew on-board the vessel, of which 38 crew were safely evacuated. Recent findings confirmed one unfortunate fatality of Mohamad Saiful b. Ashnar, whose body was found by the search and rescue team around 1330hrs on 18 April in the vessel itself. Of the remaining crew, two others sustained injuries for which they are now receiving treatment, one at Kuching General Hospital and the other at Miri Hospital. Both are reported to be in stable condition. The other 36 are currently placed in a safe location.
All of the crew’s family have been notified of the incident and representatives from Asian Geos are providing the necessary support and constant updates to the family members of the crew affected by this incident.
Asian Geos’ emergency response team and procedures were activated immediately following the fire. Miri port authorities and the nearby PETRONAS working facilities were notified and assisted in the rescue and firefighting efforts. Meanwhile, Asian Geos is intensively coordinating with local authorities, agents and our team at site, to manage the situation.
At this moment, we are unable to confirm the cause of the incident. Asian Geos will investigate the matter thoroughly in cooperation with all relevant authorities, to find the root cause of the incident and address them accordingly. All crew on board the vessel, were authorised with valid work permits by Sarawak Immigration Department to carry out their activity.
Asian Geos would like to extend its heartfelt condolences to the family of Mohamed Saiful and our affected colleagues, as well as our deep appreciation to all local authorities, families involved and PETRONAS for the assistance, support, outreach and prayers.