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A fatal fall, a fatal flaw?

After a Chief Engineer died when he fell into the sea from a pilot ladder on an anchored ship, accident investigators found existing health problems may have been unknown to his employers.The 61-year-old seafarer had been attempting to board the bulk carrier after a 7.5-hour flight, a five-hour delay in airport immigration and a 1.5-hour journey by taxi and service launch. The trip from airport to dockside was also interrupted by visits to two pharmacies so the Chief Engineer could inject himself with insulin.

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MAIB issues report re injury during buoy maintenance operation

Investigation revealed that the officer had moved into a hazardous area The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation into the serious injury of a chief officer on a mooring vessel in Crosby Channel at Liverpool on 21 November 2011.The officer was injured when he was crushed against an air vent by a six-tonne navigation buoy that was being repositioned on the working deck using the vessel's crane.Investigation revealed that the officer had moved into a hazardous area; that there was no person in charge of the operation; that the risks of the operation had not been identified or assessed; and that applicable regulatory requirements were not fully metFor more information, click here.Source: MAIB

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MAIB issues report re fatal injury in fall from ad-hoc footbridge

The seaman suffered fatal injuries The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation into the fatal injury to a crewman during cargo operations on a cargo vessel in Waterford, Ireland on 27 October 2011.The able seaman suffered fatal injuries when he fell from a footbridge rigged between a portable bulkhead and a fixed bulkhead near the bows.The footbridge allowed access to an opening in the portable bulkhead, but was not fitted with any means to prevent a person from falling. The opening was intended for ventilation, but was often used for personnel accessFor more information, click here.Source: MAIB

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BP Oil Spill Emails Reveal High-Level Discord Over Flow Estimates

BP oil spill investigation A BP engineering executive warned senior BP management early on in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill that internal models did not support estimates of the size of the undersea leak being provided to government officials and the public, according to company emails.On May 15, 2010, Mike Mason, a vice president in BP's exploration and production technology division, wrote to Andy Inglis, chief executive of global exploration and production, warning him that the company's "data and knowledge" did not support the 5,000 barrel per day figure touted by executives as their best estimate of the size of the leak."We should be very cautious standing behind a 5,000 figure as our modeling shows that this well could be making anything up to 100,000 ," Mason wrote in one of the emails, obtained by The Huffington Post.The next day, Jack Lynch, BP's general counsel in the U.S., forwarded Mason's message to two BP executives leading the company's oil spill response: Doug Suttles, chief operating officer for BP's global exploration and production business, and David Rainey, a former BP vice president in charge of exploration in the Gulf of Mexico.The emails suggest an internal struggle at the highest ...

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Statoil investigating North Sea gas leak

Re leak at its Heimdal platform in the North Sea Norwegian energy company Statoil said it launched an internal investigation following a natural gas leak at its Heimdal platform in the North Sea.Statoil said a natural gas leak occurred at the North Sea platform last weekend during testing of emergency shutdown valves."Due to shut down for maintenance on parts of the Heimdal installation the installation was not on stream," the company explained. "However, there were still pressurized systems in areas not included in the turnaround."The 98 rig workers on the platform were evacuated but returned during the week. There were no injuries reported.The incident is under investigation in coordination with the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway.Statoil in March deployed emergency workers down a utility shaft to investigate a leak of the toxic gas hydrogen sulfide at its Statfjord C platform.Four years ago, around 22,000 barrels of oil spilled from Statfjord while a tanker was loading cargo from a storage buoy. That incident was the second-worst oil spill in Norwegian history.Source: UPI.com

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MAIB issues report re Investigation on crewmember s death overboard

During cargo operations on a container ship in Hull on 16 January 2012 The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of a death resulting from a man overboard situation during cargo operations on a container ship in Hull on 16 January 2012.The crewmember fell between the ship and the quay while disembarking the vessel through the pilot gate. The pilot gate had no ladder or gangway and it was approximately 80 cm from the deck to the bollard in the quay.Use of the pilot gate as a shortcut to board or exit the vessel was not authorized, but the practice had arisen among the crew and was not discouraged by the master or the owner.For more information, click here.Source: MAIB

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Stena Spirit crashes into crane

Two port workers badly injured Swedish ferry Stena Spirit collided with a crane in the Polish port of Gdynia on Thursday morning. Three port workers were taken to the hospital and two of them are reported to have serious injuries.Stena Spirit was leaving the port on Poland's Baltic Sea coast at 8.45am on Thursday when she collided with a loading crane which tipped and fell."She rammed the stern into the leg of the container crane that collapsed," said Jesper Waltersson at Stena Line.Waltersson informed that none of the 49 crew or 120 passengers were physically injured in the collision.The Stena Spirit had set sail for Karlskrona in eastern Sweden but on Thursday afternoon remained in Gydnia.BCT said in its statement that an investigation would be conducted into the accident and Stena Line remained uncertain when the vessel would be able to depart."We are looking at when we can leave the port and are waiting for the authorities to have their say," Jesper Waltersson said.Source: Maritime Connector

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MAIB issues report re cargo ship Saffier

Failure of the controllable pitch propeller The Marine Accident Investigation Branch issues Report No 9/2012 on the investigation of the failure of the controllable pitch propeller of the cargo ship Saffier resulting in heavy contact with a berthed tug in Immingham harbour on 25 June 2011.You may view the Report by clicking here.Source: MAIB

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BP Oil Spill Criminal Investigation May Ensnare Executives In Cover-Up

Two-year criminal investigation into the spill using BP's internal flow-rate models On April 25, 2010, three days after the Deepwater Horizon rig sank in the Gulf of Mexico, Doug Suttles, a senior BP executive, told reporters the company's deep-sea well was leaking about 1,000 barrels of oil a day, a fraction of its maximum output."This is a long way away from something more significant," Suttles said.Yet as Suttles and other BP executives assured the nation that the leak was small, the oil company's engineers had developed internal models showing a probable flow that was magnitudes greater, setting the stage for an unparalleled disaster, according to a newly unsealed federal affidavit and internal BP documents.BP's internal flow-rate models -- and growing evidence that BP employees may have deliberately withheld from federal officials the damaging information found in them -- have emerged as a major focus of the Justice Department's two-year criminal investigation into the spill, according to legal experts and attorneys involved in litigation over the disaster.Documents obtained by The Huffington Post also indicate that Kurt Mix, a senior BP engineer charged April 24 with obstruction of justice, shared information with more senior BP executives during the spill, including a senior ...

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