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Two linked FPSO broke their anchors in the Banff oil field in the North Sea off Scotland in a severe gale on Dec 9, 2011, reported vesseltracker.com. Petrojarl Banff, which has 4,400 tonnes of crude oil on board, lost tension in five of its 10 anchors and drifted up to 250 metres. Apollo Spirit, with 96,300 tonnes of oil, lost tension in one of its eight anchors but remained secure. There has been no report of pollution at the site, 190 km east of Aberdeen. Petrojarl Banff was later reported stable about 70 metres from its original position. An anchor handling vessel was on site and four others have been mobilised to assist.
Offshore processing vessel Petrojarl Banff IMO 9184330, dwt 20800, built 1997, flag Isla of Man, manager TEEKAY PETROJARL ASA.
Offshore processing vessel Apollo Spirit IMO 7390739, dwt 126958, built 1983, flag Liberia, manager TEEKAY PETROJARL ASA.