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Personnel evacuated from 283 production platforms due to Storm Barry

As the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement informs, offshore oil and gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico have evacuated platforms and rigs in response to Tropical Storm Barry. Specifically, personnel have been evacuated from 283 production platforms, 42.3% of the 669 manned platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. 

Two killed during lifeboat test on Shell’s Auger platform

A Shell employee and a contractor with oilfield services provider Danos Inc, were killed during a routine test of a lifeboat launch and retrieval capabilities at Auger Tension Leg Platform in the deepwater US Gulf of Mexico on Sunday morning.

USCG issues hurricane reporting requirements for Gulf of Mexico

The US Coast Guard issued its reporting requirements for the upcoming hurricane season at the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf, requesting that operators of all manned facilities and MODUs report only when personnel were stranded onboard AND not able to evacuate due to extreme circumstances.

BSEE to investigate recent accidents in Gulf of Mexico

US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Gulf of Mexico Regional Director Lars Herbst has established two panels to investigate two serious incidents that took place in the Gulf of Mexico last week. Investigation panels will issue reports with their findings regarding the causes and make suggestions on how to improve current safety measures after the investigations are completed.

Louisiana Offshore Oil Port sees record number of supertankers

Medium-sour crudes from the US Gulf of Mexico are being snapped up by overseas buyers, paving way for a record six supertankers to load at the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP) in a matter of weeks, Reuters reported citing people familiar with the matter. 

Shell begins production at Appomattox field

Royal Dutch Shell, through its subsidiary Shell Offshore Inc announced that production has began at the Shell-operated Appomattox floating production system months ahead of schedule, opening ‘a new frontier in the deep-water US Gulf of Mexico’. Appomattox is the first commercial discovery that is brought into production in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico Norphlet formation.

National Hurricane Centre provides info on East Pacific Ocean forecast zones

TAFB, the National Hurricane Centre’s Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch, published a detailed five-day marine weather forecasts concerning the offshore waters of Mexico, Central America, Colombia and Ecuador. The new areas reflect an unprecedented increase in predicted lead-time and detail. Such improvements should promote better decision making by ship captains and crew in hurricane-prone waters.

USCG monitors natural gas release in Gulf of Mexico

The US Coast Guard informed that it is monitoring a natural gas and condensate leak from an orphan well, located four nautical miles southeast of Bob Hall Pier near Corpus Christi, Texas, on Thursday, May 9. The US Coast Guard is cooperating with the Railroad Commission of Texas, Texas General Land Office and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to monitor and secure the release.

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