Fenna van de Merwe, Principal Consultant, DNV GL, describes how an efficient incident investigation can provide significant benefits. Ms. van de Merwe notes that DNV GL has used human, organizational and technical dimensions in order to help Carnival establish a proper investigation process with outcomes that have greater impact.
Underwater examination of the cruise ship Viking Sky, which suffered a black out and went adrift along with almost 1,400 people onboard in the Norwegian sea over the weekend, revealed that there was no damage to the hull of the ship.
The UK MAIB issued amended guidance on marine incident reporting. MAIB investigates marine casualties involving UK vessels worldwide and vessels of any flag in UK territorial waters, to help prevent further avoidable accidents from recurring.
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada will be using a team of investigators to Vancouver Harbour, British Columbia, after a collision between the M.V. Caravos Harmony and the M.V. Pan Acacia took place on March 17. TSB did not reveal any further information regarding the damages, injuries or pollution, but it said that it will gather information and assess the occurrence.
Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority announced its decision to investigate an incident involving a dropped object on the Åsgard B facility on 13 March 2019. The incident occurred while dismounting a trolley from a lifting beam on the main deck of the semi-submersible gas platform in the Norwegian Sea.
In its Executive and Technical Committee meetings in Hong Kong on 4 and 5 March 2019, INTERCARGO highlighted the importance of investigating incidents and the subsequent publication of casualty investigation reports in a timely manner, in order for lessons to be learned.
The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) completed its investigation on the fire in the mud laboratory on West Phoenix of 5 November 2018. The report identified several breaches of the regulations. This rig is operated by Seadrill Management (Seadrill), and was drilling well 6406/2-9 S in Norwegian Sea with Equinor as the operator, when the incident took place.
The US Coast Guard has started an investigation on the death of Coast Guard member assigned to the Cutter ‘Douglas Munro’, who was found unresponsive and later declared deceased Sunday morning in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.
Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority completed the investigation of the movement-compensated walkway incident on the Tambar field in July 2018, revealing several breaches of safety regulations. The Authority noted that Tambar is the only facility in operation in Norway, where an attempt has been made to land a walkway from a ship.
The UK MAIB (Marine Accident Investigation Branch) has launched an investigation into a near-miss incident involving a nuclear-powered Royal Navy submarine and a Stena Line-owned ferry in the Irish Sea, in November.
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