Gcaptain broke the news this morning here, that the 260′ DP-2 OSV Connor Bordelon allided with a platform just south of the jetties outside of Port Fourchon. The vessel is reported to have been taking water and there is a fire on the surface next to the platform.
Other details are scarce at this point however I will be shaking the bushes a bit at work and see if I can’t get any more info. What I can say is the area this happened in is right outside Belle Pass in an area where vessels converge from all points of the compass into the bottle neck just before the Jetties and entrance to Belle Pass/Fourchon. It wouldn’t take much to loose some situational awareness and find yourself way to close to a platform while concentrating on a three, four, or more boat meeting and crossing situation.
Update, here is a picture of the bow of the Connor Bordelon post collision taken by Glen Daigrepont.
Below it is a photo courtesy of Capt. Zane Wooley of the ST-27 platform that was struck, post collision and fire.