Freefall release fears shut platform

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Jan 132009

Problems with freefall lifeboat releases have led to the shutdown of the StatoilHydro-operated Kristin platform off Norway. Investigations are underway both by Statoil and Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority, PSA..

In December last year a freefall lifeboat on the Veslefrikk B platform failed to launch as part of an operation to replace the lifeboat. The release hook required lubrication and several movements before it would function.

Further hook release problems arose with the new freefall lifeboat when fully laden.

The same type of Umoe-Schatt Harding FF1000S had been installed on the Kristin platform. Staffing on the platform has now been cut from 90 to 16 following similar hook release problems in mid-December.

Last year, a freefall lifeboat of similar design on Veslefrikk B suffered damage when launched during a test, again leading to a platform shutdown, revealing design flaws. Three freefall lifeboats were taken out of service. In a meeting with the PSA, Statoil expressed doubt “concerning the quality of these lifeboats as a means of evacuation during all types of weather conditions.”.

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The Case Of The Fallen Saviour

Osama Caught – Ships Of Shame

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Dec 182008

Not that Osama. This one was a Syrian flagged bulker filled with 2,320 tonnes of potatoes that arribed in Trieste on 30th March 2007. Due to the appalling state of the ship the port state control inspection took two days. Dewtails from the ParisMOU’s Caught in the Net project.

Let’s start with the bookwork. The company name on the ship security certificate did not match the one on the ship’s security plan. You can bet the CIA has that on its terrorism database.

The Emergency Escape Breathing Apparatus was not type approved. A great comfort to the seafarers on board, no doubt.

NAVTEX? What Navtex? It hadn’t worked for around a week.

Chart? Who needs charts? The one’s for the previous and next voyage hadn’t been updated.

The N1 GMDSS VHF/DSC didn’t work. N2 two way portable VHF radios didn’t work. Ah, but the main GMDSS station worked, but not under emergency power.

Want to fight a fire? Don’t bother, bits were missing from the forecastle fireman’s uniform. where did they go? Obviously, nobody cared.

There's A Hole In My Rust Bucket...

Ballast tank No. 2 had a nice hole that connected with the No. 1 cargo hold and the bulkhead between cargo holds 1 and 2 had a convenient hole to water the potatoes.

At least the folk in the engine room didn’t have to worry about being smothered by the CO2 extinguisher system. It was disconnected.

Cargo hold ventilation shutdown, operated by the CO2 release didn’t work either.

The vessel’s fuel and diesel oil quick closing valves couldn’t quick close because they were too rusted up.

Did we mention that lights serving the lifeboats area, the navigation lights and so on didn’t work under emergency power?

On 6 April the vessel was released from detention after numerous permanent fixes.