Maersk FPSOs has criticised the Danish Maritime Authority report into the explosion and fire which occurred on board the FPSO Maersk Ngujima-Yin off the Northwest coast of Australia in April 2009. In comments included in a DMA supplement to its original investigation report issued in November 2009, Maersk questions DMA’s methodology, competence and professionalism.
While objections to casualty investigation reports are not uncommon they rarely go as far, or are as detailed, as the Maersk FPSO comments.
DMA, which released the supplement with corrections to the original report, says “The Division for Investigation of Maritime Accidents notes that the assessment of Maersk FPSOs on the safety climate on board is different from the Division’s assessment. It is also noted that the methodological approach to accident investigation is different.”
Says Maersk FPSO: “The combination of heavy reliance on witness statements with the fact that the DMA has no FPSO knowledge… is further adding to the lack of accuracy and understanding of FPSO design and operation… Nowhere in the report have the investigation team compared the observations and statement with factual information that could have been obtained, had the investigation been carried out in professional manner.
“Misspelling and incorrect references are not commented on, but just left aside to give the overall impression of the unprofessional and incompetent approach by DMA (sic) investigation team.”
Maersk FPSOs says that it’s own investigation, including an independent review was a factual investigation and that DMA should have used similar approach “to establish fact and distinguish it from fiction”.
The supplement is available here.