Sep 172010

imageOILC, the offshore energy branch of Britain’s National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers, RMT,  has leaked a UK Health & Safety Executive report on human and organisational factors aboard Transocean rigs in the North Sea.

one year on from the investigation and eight months on from the HSE issuing the report, and offshore staff and safety reps have yet to see sight of it, claims OILC.

Says ILC: “HSE had become aware of significant differences in accident rates between various rigs. Incidents reported varied from zero to 15 across four rigs in the 2-year period 2007-09.

The prominent and consistent indicator of Transocean’s organisational culture, according to the HSE, is discipline, blame and zero tolerance. The so-called accountability process, represented in the ‘just culture decision tree’, quickly steers investigations toward blame of the employee. Little consideration is given to wider organisational issues such as fatigue, distraction, communications failures, or defective equipment.

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Maritime Safety & Security News 15 September 2010

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Venezuela Military Helicopter Crashes; Five Injured, Two Missing
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11 children from same family drown
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Tanker Helps Dismasted Yacht

At quarter past eight this morning, Falmouth Coastguard was contacted by the master of the Motor Tanker Sea Marlin.
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Maritime Safety & Security News – 21 July 2010

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Transocean Employees Become Focus of BP Oil-Spill Investigators
That boosted to five the number of Transocean workers who could face criminal charges stemming from the accident that killed 11 people. No one from BP Plc,

Fisherman Rescued From Sinking Boat
KPTV Portland
A Coast Guard helicopter rescued a fisherman from a sinking ship about 20 miles west from the mouth of the Columbia River. Coast Guard officials said they

‘No fear of oil spill from ship
Times of India
MUMBAI: A day after the grounding of Pan-amian vessel MV Khalijia 3 off Mumbai, the Coast Guard, MbPT and the state said that the situation was under

PetroChina diverts oil tanker to S.Korea from Dalian
Reuters Africa
AIS Live ship tracking system showed that the 270000-deadweight tonne vessel has already reached Daesan port and PetroChina is expected to move the crude

Oil Spill Shutters Beaches in China’s Dalian; Fuel Is Recovered in Cleanup
Ground operations at Dalian Port’s crude terminal restarted yesterday and the company said it will take “active measures” to resume vessel loading and

Arsonists target lifeguard station in South Shields
BBC News
The mobile lifeboat unit (MLU), which was positioned at the north end of Sandhaven beach in South Shields, was burnt out on Sunday night.

Tongan ferry sinking trial begins
New Zealand Herald
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Syrian freighter disabled in Dardanelles
Engine Trouble of General cargo Salim position 3 miles before Gelibolu lighthouse (in front of Zincirbozan Point) on 20th July 2010 at 18:20 lt. She has dropped anchor South of Sevketiye Anchorage Area to repair her engine and formalities. Salim – IMO 7608100, dwt 10146, built 1976, flag Sierra Leone, manager  Cata Shipping Management Co. Syria.

Trawler disabled in the Pacific
On July 19 at 1730 LT in pos 43.34N 147.13E (22 nm east off Shikotan island, Kuril Islands), trawler Vladimir Brodyuk suffered engine failure, resulting in propeller entangle in net. July 20 0100 LT trawler Otlichitelniy on the scene with divers, but due to heavy swell they weren’t able to clear propeller. Trawler Promyslovik dispatched to Vladimir Bodyuk to take disabled vessel on tow and move to Shikotan direction to shelter from swell.
Trawler with reefer and fish processing capacity Vladimir Brodyuk – IMO 8116295, dwt 1796, built 1982, flag Russia, owner Daltransflot Co., Vladivostok
Trawler resumed fishing after propeller clearing
By 0700 LT July 19 divers from salvage vessel Kapitan Klyuev cleared propeller entangled in net, trawler Ogni resimed fishing.
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On July 16 at 1614 LT trawler Ogni got propeller entangled in net in 61.11N 172.24E, Bering sea, close to Kamchatka shore. Vessel disabled. Nearby trawler Polluks (IMO 8834562, same owner) towed vessel to Natalya Bay, Ogni anchored waiting for salvage vessel Kapitan Klyuev, ETA 2400 July 18. On 0800 July 19 salvage vessel on the spot, divers clearing propeller.
Trawler Ogni (STR-420) – IMO 8834641, dwt 207, built 1990, flag Russia, owner Polluks Ltd, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy.

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the Bremen-based organisator Plantours & Partner had to cancel the forthcoming cruises of the "Vistamar" due to technical problems which force the ship to enter a repair yard. The next cruises to Spitzbergen starting on July 17 and July 27 will not take place. After repairs are carried out, the next cruise will start as scheduled on Aug 11 from Cuxhaven. The passengers were booked to other ships.

One month after one of the most serious breakdowns ever suffered by one of its ferries, the "Clansman", Caledonian MacBrayne sevices are showing no signs of returning to normal. Sailings to Islay, Colonsay, Coll, Tiree, Barra, South Uist and Mull have been affected at the height of the tourist season, with the "Clansman" out of action since June 17.

The “Jade Trader” rescued 10 fishermen reported missing during a typhoon in the South China Sea. The ship was en route to Hong Kong when it found the fishermen clinging to debris after their boat sank near the Paracel Archipelago.




Pirates Free Two Vessels
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MSDF may refuel vessels off Somalia
The Daily Yomiuri
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