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Over 1,000 failures reported in Gulf of Mexico rigs in 2017

Through its SafeOCS program, the US BSEE released its annual report Blowout Prevention System Safety, informing that through 2017, 18 of 25 operators associated with rig operations in the Gulf of Mexico reported 1,129 equipment component failure events, which represents a decrease from 2016. 

USCG: Public hearing underway for Bouchard Tank Barge explosion

In accordance with a formal announcement in May, a public hearing is now underway at the USCG Sector Houston-Galveston, to consider evidence related to an incident that occurred aboard the Bouchard No. 255 tank barge back in October, with explosion, fire and two fatalities and oil discharge into the water.

SSA Pacific cited for fatal forklift accident in Port of San Diego

After a fatal forklift accident at the Port of San Diego, the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited the marine cargo handler SSA Pacific, for serious safety violations. The Administration has issued six citations totaling $205,235 in proposed penalties to the company.

US Navy sailor dies on training exercise in Red Sea

A 23 year-old US Navy sailor assigned to the guided-missile destroyer ‘USS Jason Dunham’ died following injury sustained while conducting small boat training on Sunday, 8 July, according to Navy officials as quoted by USNI news. The sailor was identified as Ensign Sarah Mitchell of Feasterville, Pennsylvania.

One dead after workboat allides with seawall

USCG is investigating the death of a man, after the 24-foot Moran Environmental workboat ‘Miss June’, with two people aboard, allided with a seawall Friday on the Cooper River, south of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

USCG investigates fishing vessel grounding off Honolulu

USCG is investigating the cause of a fishing vessel grounding off the Honolulu Airport. About 30 minutes past midnight Wednesday, Sector Honolulu watchstanders received a report from the master of the ‘Sea Goddess’ they were aground 150-yards from the middle runway at Honolulu Airport with six people aboard.

Australia suspends live export licence of sheep exporter

Australia’s Department of Agriculture and Water Resources suspended the live export licence of the company implicated in the death of 2,400 sheep from heat stress onboard the livestock carrier ‘Awassi Express’ in August 2017. The licence will remain suspended pending a full review of the company’s response to a show cause notice.

ATSB to investigate fire incident at Port Kembla

ATSB announced it has started an investigation on the fire that occurred onboard the bulk carrier ‘Iron Chieftain’ at Port Kembla, on 18 June. Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will notify those affected and seek safety action to address the issue.

LNG leak reported at LNG plant in Norway

Petroleum Safety Authority Norway informed that it started an investigation into an LNG leak at the Hammerfest LNG plant on 17 June 2018. The incident happened while a road tanker was being  filled with LNG at the Equinor facility at Melkøya outside Hammerfest in northern Norway.

ATSB investigates loss of containers from Yang Ming boxship

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau announced that it has launched an investigation on the loss of cargo containers overboard involving YM Efficiency, near Port Stephens, New South Wales, on 1 June. From the 2,252 containers onboard, 83 were lost overboard and an additional 30 containers were moved due to heavy weather.


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