Vermilion 380 A Platform Fire: Corroded Tube Led To Fire

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May 292011
 

Ageing, poorly maintained equipment failed, resulting in a fire and loss of power that left crew without the means to fight it.

When a 30-year-old corroded fire tube collapsed on Mariner Energy’s Vermilion 380 A Platform and started a fire, electrical power was lost to firepumps leaving the 13-member crew without a firewater system. Ultimately, the crew was forced to evacuate the platform, and all were later transported to safety.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE)has released the findings of its investigation into a fire that occurred Sept. 2, 2010, on Mariner Energy Inc.’s, Vermilion 380 A oil and natural gas production platform located approximately 102 miles off the coast of Louisiana. Continue reading »