Category Archives: Safety


US Sets New Offshore Oil Safety Rules

April 16, 2016

The Obama administration on Thursday unveiled new oil well control rules to prevent the kind of blowout that happened six years ago on a BP Plc rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The Interior Department’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement announced the finalized regulations, which include more stringent design requirements and operational procedures for… Continue Reading »


Impact of New OSHA Silica Rule on Oil, Gas Industry Uncertain

March 29, 2016

The Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) reports it is “troubled” that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) did not convene a small business advocacy review panel for upstream oil and gas when it issued its long-awaited final rule on occupational exposure to crystalline silica. The Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) requires… Continue Reading »


Two WWII Bombs Found at Rampion OWF

March 27, 2016

Two unexploded bombs have been discovered at the E.ON-operated Rampion offshore wind farm. The bombs, possibly from WWII, were discovered during the unexploded ordnance (UXO) surveys at the wind farm site off the Sussex coast, UK. The items have been found within close vicinity of each other within the offshore site. “Safety remains our highest… Continue Reading »


BP, Statoil To Withdraw Staff From Algerian Plants After Attack

March 24, 2016

BP and Norway’s Statoil will withdraw staff from two gas plants in Algeria after an attack by militants on one of the sites in the North African country, the companies said on Monday. Militants attacked the In Salah gas plant, operated with state-owned Sonatrach, with rockets on Friday, causing no casualties or damage. Al Qaeda’s… Continue Reading »


Jee to Run Decommissioning Webinar

March 21, 2016

Subsea engineering and training company, Jee, will host a free-to-attend offshore decommissioning webinar on April 13 2016. The webinar, titled ‘Innovation and efficiency in decommissioning’ will be presented by Head of Late Life, Graham Wilson. It will discuss how decommissioning can be done differently to realise cost savings and environmental and safety benefits. “The growing… Continue Reading »


DNV GL and Partners Address Anchoring Safety

March 9, 2016

DNV GL, Gard and The Swedish Club have been investigating a rising number of anchor losses reported over the last several years. Namely, the root cause of many groundings and collisions, lost anchors are among the top five reasons for claims costs. Based on an analysis of damage cases involving anchor and anchor chain losses,… Continue Reading »


Royal Navy Discovers German Torpedo at Scapa Flow

March 5, 2016

Royal Navy bomb disposal team has found a Second World War German torpedo at Scapa Flow in the Orkneys on March 01, 2016. The torpedo was found on the seabed after a routine sonar survey on behalf of Orkney Islands Council. It was also  filmed using an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV). Footage showed a seven-meter long suspected… Continue Reading »


IMCA Updates Wire Rope Integrity Management Guidance

February 24, 2016

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published a revised version of ‘Guidance on wire rope integrity management for vessels in the offshore industry’ (IMCA SEL 022 Rev. 2/IMCA M 194 Rev. 2). This document provides guidance on the necessary elements of an integrity management system required to achieve an acceptable level of ongoing safety… Continue Reading »


Larger UK Offshore Workers Could Force Helicopter Safety Changes

February 15, 2016

The most-thorough survey into the size and shape of the North Sea workforce has found that UK male offshore workers are bigger than the country’s typical male and even larger than the average American male. The findings, which are a result of a joint project between Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University and Oil & Gas UK,… Continue Reading »

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