A service of remembrance was held to mark 25 years since the Piper Alpha disaster. 167 men were killed in an explosion on the oil platform.
All the passengers and crew from a helicopter that ditched in the North Sea have arrived safely back on land after a dramatic rescue.
A leak at the Elgin platform, has left a cloud of gas stretching for miles across the North Sea
Rescuers have given up hope of finding any more survivors from a cargo ship that sank in the North Sea off the Dutch coast, saying they are searching for the bodies of six crewmen still missing, according to the Associated Press.
The presumed death toll has now reached 11, after four bodies were found yesterday and 13 survivors were rescued. Peter Westenburg, of the Dutch Coast Guard, said:
Given the water temperature and the amount of time that's passed, we don't have any hope for more survivors.
Human error was probably to blame for a collision that killed five crew and sank the Baltic Ace car carrier, its Greek manager told Reuters, and Dutch rescuers said it was unlikely six missing seamen would be found alive.
Panagiootis Kakoliris, operations manager at Stamco Ship Management Co., Ltd. which managed the Baltic Ace, said that sea conditions were normal when the 23,500-tonne ship was lost. The exact cause of the crash is under investigation. Mr Kakoliris said:
We had a very violent collision which was the reason for the quick sinking of the vessel. It was most probably hit in the side and that's why water entered in huge quantities with this result.
You cannot control some things. This happened in good weather, normal weather. There was good visibility, so I feel most probably there was a human error.
Seven sailors missing in the icy North Sea after a cargo ship collided with another vessel and sank off the Dutch coast are almost certainly dead, rescuers said today.
A massive air and sea rescue operation involving several helicopters, two navy patrol ships and even one of the ships involved in yesterday's collision, which killed four cargo ship crew members, was called off at about 2am.
Coastguard chiefs said they would decide at daylight whether to continue the search.
The search for seven crew members, who went missing in the North Sea, after a cargo ship collided with another vessel and sank off the Dutch coast, was continuing tonight.
A massive air and sea rescue operation involving several helicopters, two navy patrol ships and even one of the ships involved in the collision would continue through the night in an effort to find the remaining seven sailors, rescuers have said.
Coast Guard spokesman, Peter Verburg, said that the search was carrying on even though "the chance of finding anyone alive now is virtually zero."
"We are doing all we can, but time is overtaking us," he added.
Four crew have members died and seven were still missing in the North Sea, after a cargo ship collided with another vessel and sank off the Dutch coast, rescuers said.
"We can confirm that four bodies have been found, along with 13 people rescued alive," said Coast Guard spokesman Marcel Oldenburger.
He said a massive air and sea rescue operation would continue through the night in an effort to find the remaining seven sailors.
Rescuers say that four crew members of a cargo ship that sank after colliding with a container ship in the North Sea have died, the Associated Press reports.
Seven crew members are reportedly still missing.
A cargo ship has "almost certainly" sunk after colliding with a container ship in the North Sea, with a rescue operation underway, the Dutch coastguard said.
The Baltic Ace, a car carrier sailing under a Bahamas flag, and the Corvus J, a container ship from Cyprus, collided about 30 miles from the Dutch port of Rotterdam.
Coastguard spokesman Peter Verburg said the rescue of 24 crew from the Baltic Ace was underway after several people were found on four life rafts. He added that it was unclear if anyone was missing.
The Baltic Ace was en route from Zeebrugge, in Belgium, to Kotka in Finland, while the Corvus J was going from Grangemouth in Scotland to Antwerp, Belgium, according to Dutch media.
The operator of a helicopter that was safely ditched in the sea with 19 people on board is temporarily suspending flights with the model. The CHC-operated helicopter was carrying an oil crew from Aberdeen to a rig 86 miles north-west of Shetland when it ditched at around 3.30pm yesterday.
Investigations into the incident are on-going and Bristow Helicopters Ltd have taken the decision to delay operations with our EC225 and AS332L2 Super Puma helicopters until further information is available. The safety of our passengers and crew is of paramount importance to Bristow and we comply fully with the manufacturer's recommended maintenance and operational procedures for all of our aircraft. Bristow Helicopters remain totally committed to the highest standards of airworthiness for our fleet.
All 19 people on board a helicopter that ditched in the North Sea have safely returned to land, the coastguard has said.
The CHC helicopter was carrying an oil crew from Aberdeen to a rig 86 miles northwest of Shetland when it ditched at around 3:30pm today.
Three RNLI lifeboats were launched from Kirkwall in Orkney and Aith and Lerwick in Shetland to go to their aid.
However when they arrived at the scene, the 17 passengers and two crew members had already been taken from their life raft by a fast rescue craft launched from the the Nord Nightingale vessel, which was close to where the incident took place.
They were taken back to the tanker and flown by RAF and Bond rescue helicopters to Kirkwall in Orkney.
There were no injuries in the ditching and all 19 people on board are being taken by helicopter to Kirkwall in Orkney, the coastguard said.
It is understood the helicopter was flying from Aberdeen to the West Phoenix drilling rig, about 86 miles (140km) north-west of Shetland.
A spokesman for the coastguard said the weather in the area was good.
"It has been quite calm today and that has been favourable in terms of getting the rescue crews to the scene quickly."