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Investigation of Snorre B fire finds breaches of regulations

Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority identified breaches of regulations in relation to a fire incident on the Snorre B facility on 1 May 2019. The investigation revealed that iron sulphide, which caused the fire, was not known to be present in the separator, so no appropriate measures were taken. 

Missing US navy sailor identified as deceased

The US Department of Defense announced Tuesday the death of a sailor who has been missing since mid July and is believed to have gone overboard from the US warship ‘Abraham Lincoln’, while supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

RMI investigates fatality caused by failure of maintenance platform

The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Maritime Administrator informed that it is currently conducting a marine safety investigation of a fatality that occurred when the extension of the lower maintenance platform for one of the ship’s provision cranes detached and fell 8-9 meters. 

USCG begins investigation on Auger fatalities

The US Coast Guard announced it has initiated a formal investigation on the fatal incident that occurred onboard Shell’s offshore production platform ‘Auger’, on 30 June 2019. A Shell employee and a contractor with oilfield services provider Danos Inc, were killed during a routine test of a lifeboat launch.

USCG begins investigation into three tugboats sinking

Shortly after completing pollution response, the US Coast Guard announced it has begun an investigation on a major marine casualty involving three vessels sinking in the Illinois River near Hardin, on 5 July 2019. The vessels contained approximately 4,850 gallons of diesel fuel and oil.

ATSB investigates collision with tree incident on Sweets Lagoon

Two passengers were injured, one of them seriously, after the airboat ‘Gale Force’ collided with a tree, during tourism operations on Sweets Lagoon, Northern Territory, at about 1010 hours on 22 June 2019. The ATSB has commenced an investigation in the collision.

The use of data in a marine accident investigation

Following the crash of the giant cruise ship ‘MSC Opera’ at the dock on the Giudecca Canal in Venice earlier this week, Mike Travis, Principal Inspector of the UK MAIB explained how technology can help accident investigators determine what happened.

Investigation on YM Efficiency loss of containers continues

The Australian transportation Safety Bureau (ATSB) announced that the investigation into the loss of containers overboard from YM Efficiency, off Newcastle, on 1st June 2018, is continuing. The investigation is currently in the examination and analysis phase.

Safety Management: How post-incident reviews can be a useful tool

When at sea, numerous of safety events often make their appearance either due to wrong decisions or bad manipulations. In essence, post-incident reviews or in other words, incident investigations, may be used as lessons learned to highlight what went wrong and what should have been done to prevent same failures in future.

USCG to consider evidence related to Mary B II casualty

The US Coast Guard is scheduled to conduct a formal public hearing beginning on 13 May 2019 at the Newport, Oregon City Hall to consider evidence related to the Mary B II marine casualty investigation. The capsizing of fishing vessel Mary B II led to the deaths of three fishermen on 8 January.


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