Publications of Note: Norway’s PSA Remembers Piper Alpha

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Feb 272013
Photo: Seconds from Disaster

167 workers died when Piper Alpha exploded on 6 July 1988: Photo: Seconds from Disaster

Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority looks at the 25 anniversary of the Piper Alpha tragedy this year in the latest issue of its annual Status and Signals publication.  In all its gruesomeness, Piper Alpha contributed insights and an understanding of risk to the international industry.

The publication also takes a closer look at other accidents and near misses which have contributed to a better grasp of safety – from the 1977 Ekofisk Bravo blowout to the Gullfaks C well incident in 2010.

Says PSA: “The primary reason for focusing on the most serious incidents is the PSA’s belief in the value of learning and experience transfer. Although it can be painful to revisit major accidents and critical incidents, such a review can help to reduce the risk of experiencing new ones”.

Meanwhile, Lord Cullen is to be keynote speaker at the Oil & Gas UK  safety conference to be held in the summer to mark the 25th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster.

Piper 25, a three-day event to be held at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre from 18 to 20 June 2013 and principally sponsored by Talisman Sinopec Energy UK Limited, will bring together people from across the global oil and gas industry to reflect on the lessons learnt from the tragedy, review how far offshore safety has evolved since and to reinforce industry commitment to continuous improvement.

Safety Status and Signals

Piper Alpha Conference

2008 Documentary

Grand Rodosi/Apollo S – Astern Warning

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Jan 072013
Nobody checked the engines were going astern

Nobody checked the engines were going astern

Keen darts players will envy the precision with which the Liberian-registered Grand Rodosi neatly speared the, fortunately unmanned, Australian-registered  tuna fishing boat Apollo S, crushed her against the berth and sank her in Port Lincoln on 8 October 2010. It happened because no-one on the bridge or in the engine control room was ensuring that the main engine was doing what they thought it was doing.

In this case, according to the recently released Australian Transport Safety Board, ATSB, report on the incident the chief engineer, who was operating the main engine start/fuel lever in the engine room control room, did not allow sufficient time for starting air to stop the ahead running engine. Consequently, when fuel was introduced into the engine, it continued to run ahead, despite the astern telegraph orders.

Orders had been given to set the main engine astern and the orders confirmed but just because an order is given and confirmed it doesn’t necessarily mean that the ship is doing what it’s expected to do. It’s wise to monitor that the ship is doing what you told it to do: An engineroom alarm complained that the main engine was still going ahead. A tachometer on the bridge also indicated that the engine was still running ahead.  Nobody saw them. Continue reading »

When Ships Go Up The Spout!

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Aug 232010

wspoutNot long ago a question turned up on the Maritime Accident Investigation Group on Linkedin asking if anyone has heard of incidents/claims involving water spouts in deep sea areas. I’m familiar with the Whippoorwill on Lake Pomona and the Alligator in Charleston harbour but haven’t come across any involving deep sea. Now fellow maritime blog gCaptain has noted some extraordinary photographs taken recently in waters off Novorossiysk on the English Russia site.

There is also video if this extraordinary phenomenon.

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Jul 182010

When accidents happen, SOPEP is your friend says the fifth, and last, episode of Take 5 News Marpol reports available in the Premium library.

Find out more here.


From 10 May – Free Take Five Marpol Videos

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May 022010

imageAs an almost continuous stream of new reports about companies being fined and seafarers and company executives facing jail for illicit oil discharges show, the message is taking a long time to sink in. The chances of getting caught and seriously whacked for illicit oil discharges are increasing around the world from the US to China to Europe.

On 10 May, 2010, MAC released the first of a series of five videos related to Marpol Annex 1. Each video is in a ‘TV News’ format which provides an immediacy often missing from more traditional approaches and creates an effective learning environment.

The objective of the videos is to bring home the benefits of doing things right, and the serious hazards of doing them wrong, the Marpol regulations, the dangers of magic pipes, the need for OWS maintenance, SOPEP and, of course, the critical need for oil record books to be accurate, truthful and up-to-date.

Starting 10 May the five five-minute videos will be released at ten day intervals and will be free to Maritime Accident Casebook premium subscribers.

For further information click here

Shipping and piracy: A view from the top (Video)

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Apr 262010

NATO’s latest Review asks how are the seas kept safe? How much does piracy cost ships and insurers? And are anti-terrorist operations at sea set to spread? In this edition, NATO Review sets out to see how what happens at sea affects lives on land. It asks military and business leaders about how important piracy really is and go on a live NATO operation to see up close what it does at sea.

Here Lord Levene, Chairman of Lloyd’s of London, outlines how he sees the major threats to shipping and the impact of piracy on the ships carrying the world’s trade.

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May 052009

The Case Of The Silent Assassin

In September 2007, after broadcasting several audio podcasts and blog posts on the subject we realised that confined space/enclose space casualties were disturbingly common and seemed to be a major issue that wasn’t going away. We wanted to do something, however modest, to help address the situation. We discussed the issue with IDESS Interactive Technologies, which shared our concerns, and we agreed to collaborate in the production of three animated versions of MAC podcasts of which the first was to The Case Of The Silent Assassin, based on the Sapphire incident investigated by Ron Strathdee of the Isle Of Man registry.

If you would like a copy please contact IDESS Interactive Technologies