Offshore Contact: Grampian Defender Collides With Magnus Platform

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Apr 302011

MAC has little information regarding these dramatic photos, from a MAC subscriber on condition of anonimity, of the ERRV Grampian Defender hitting the BP Magnus offshore facility on 22 April. According to Aberdeen-based newspaper Evening Express workers on the facility felt a heavy jolt , work on the platform was stopped and personnel evacuated.

There are no reports of harm to personnel or pollution at this time.

The 27-year old Magnus is 160 kilometres north-east of the Shetland Islands in the UK zone, making it the most northerly UK field. The Magnus jacket is the largest single piece steel structure in the North Sea.

Grampian Defender is a 2002-built 850 GRT ERRV operated by the Craig Group.

If you have information on this incident we’d be pleased to hear about it.

Norway’s PSA recently says a total of 115 collisions between installations and visiting vessels with work on the field have been reported since 1982, and no less than 26 between 2001 and 2010. Earlier this year it warned: “is concerned that the many collisions between vessels and installations on the NCS could lead to major accidents. It has called for big improvements in ship operation”.

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BP Valhall PH Gets Uptick For Chopper Ops

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Mar 312011

On 5 January 2011, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway, PSA, and the Civil Aviation Authority, CAA, conducted an audit of BP Norway’s Valhall PH directed towards emergency preparedness management and helicopter deck operations.

The audit was a supplement to the previous technical audit of Valhall PH, and included emergency preparedness analyses, emergency preparedness plans and organisation, as well as a review of CAA report 2010F505.

A helicopter trip to the Valhall field is longer than to any other field in the Norwegian sector. In 2010 and 2011 additional accommodation is present, and the manning level higher in order to execute a lot of planned activities such as the Valhall redevelopment project (VRD). Regular manning levels during these two years will be between 400 and 600 people. Continue reading »

Be Prepared Says Norway’s PSA

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Feb 232011

Studies of emergency preparedness and well integrity, design and construction were launched in Norway afte

Transocean's Deepwater Horizon - be prepared says the PSA

r a review of initial analyses and reports from the Deepwater Horizon incident. This work is being coordinated by the OLF at the request of the PSA.

The industry’s need to assess the validity of emergency response principles for halting a possible subsea blowout in Norway was stressed by the PSA on 15 June in a letter to the OLF.

In addition, the industry association was asked to evaluate existing strategies for limiting the volumes discharged from a blowout while it is under way.

That would also mean identifying possible improvements in the form of new practices, development of technology and/ or a revised understanding of preparedness requirements. Continue reading »

Transocean Deepwater Horizon – Final Report

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Feb 202011

Poor management decisions and questionable relationships lead to the Transocean Deepwater Horizon fire and explosion in which 11 died, says the Presidential National Oil Spill Commission which has has released details of the series of engineering and management mistakes by those responsible for the drilling operations, including BP, Halliburton, and Transocean.

On January 11th, the Commission released its final report to the President, Deep Water: The Gulf Oil Disaster and the Future of Offshore Drilling, which included a chapter on the well blowout and rig explosion. That chapter summarized the results of the investigation by the Commission’s Chief Counsel, Fred Bartlit, and his investigative team into the causes of the Macondo well blow out and Deepwater Horizon rig explosion. Fred Bartlit is widely regarded as one of America’s leading trial lawyers, while he also worked with dui lawyers specialist from a site that you can navigate here. He played a major role in investigating the Piper Alpha North Sea Oil Platform disaster in 1989.

Says the commission: “The Chief Counsel is issuing this additional report to provide the American public, policymakers, and industry with the fullest possible account of the investigation into the causes of the well blowout which was summarized in the Commission’s report. The Chief Counsel’s investigative team unearthed and analyzed far more information than could have been included in the Commission’s report”. Continue reading »

BP’s Skarv FPSO “Robust” says PSA

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Jan 052011

Skarv FPSO "Robust". Photo: BP

During the period 2-4 November 2010, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway, PSA, carried out an audit of Skarv FPSO at the Samsung shipyard in Geoje, South Korea. The audit targeted the establishment of an emergency preparedness organisation and the facility’s technical emergency preparedness solutions.

The activities were carried out through interviews of relevant personnel and verifications on board the facility.

The audit was related to BP Norge’s (BPN’s) future application for consent to use Skarv FPSO. During the audit, the facility was undergoing commissioning at the shipyard in South Korea. The plan is to start activity on the Norwegian continental shelf in 2011 with this facility. Continue reading »

Operating Blind in Deepwater

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Oct 292010

Joint Investigation - Why did it happen?

Bill Campbell, retired Shell International Health and Safety Group auditor, is a controversial commentator on the Deepwater Horizon. He has been following the on-going Joint Investigation into how such a tragedy could happen on one of the most sophisticated rigs in the world and a highly experienced and expert crew.

Only minutes before the blowout on Deepwater Horizon on 20th April everything was reported as being in order. The negative pressure test of the integrity of the well had been good and the displacement of seawater after this test was going fine.

But just 25 minutes after this reassuring message was passed to the senior toolpusher, mud started to overflow from the well onto the drill floor. With only seconds to act and do the right thing mistakes were made which allowed gas to be ingested into areas of the rig where sources of ignition were present. Actions that could have been taken to prevent the ignition of the gas were not taken and four minutes after the blowout commenced most of the crew, on or near the drill floor, were killed in the first explosion.

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BP To Give Incentives For Safety And Risk Management

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Sep 302010

image BP is to create a new safety division with sweeping powers to oversee and audit the company’s operations around the world.
The Safety & Operational Risk function will have authority to intervene in all aspects of BP’s technical activities.

It will have its own expert staff embedded in BP’s operating units, including exploration projects and refineries. It will be responsible for ensuring that all operations are carried out to common standards, and for auditing compliance with those standards.

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Is Onboard Training Hazardous?

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Sep 052010

Wyn Price

Fatigue leads to bad judgement, poor co-ordination and accidents. Training and education potentially reduce accidents, but can onboard training eat into rest hours? It’s a question mooted by Wyn Price, superintendent, audit and inspection at BP on a Linkedin group that caught MAC’s attention.

Says Price “…this is unfortunately one of the downsides of Computer Based Training , CBT, and Video On Demand, VOD, packages that are found onboard vessels more and more now. They can and do infringe into the rest hours unless operators ensure that they are not there for viewing during “off duty” periods, but properly regulated in order to get the best out of such products. ”

Is he right? What do you think?

Jun 202010

Spill, what spill?

MAC has commented before on the hazards of generic ‘safety’ documents from SMS to lifeboat manuals now wandering walruses have uncovered similar documents at BP, Exxon and Conocophillips in the Gulf of Mexico.

Each company’s oil response plans include protection of the walrus. Fortunately, the walrus is not merely a rare animal in the Gulf of Mexico, it is non-existent, as are several other species mentioned in the oil spill response plans.

Both Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson and Conocophillips CEO James Mulva confessed that the documents were ‘embarassing’. They certainly were.

All three companies purchased their oil spill response plans from the same company, The Response Group. In fact, five oil majors in total bought plans from The Response Group with, allegedly, 90 per cent identical content.

The term ‘money for old rope’ leaps to mind.

The Response Group’s motto is “Your ability to respondsis our shared responsibility”.

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