Category Archives: Accidents


Statoil Classifies Gudrun Leak as ‘Serious’

May 21, 2015

Statoil ASA announced Wednesday that a condensate leak which occurred on the Gudrun platform recently was “of the highest degree of seriousness”. The classification was made by Statoil’s corporate investigation team following reports of noise and vibrations on the Gudrun site in the North Sea Feb. 18. A 0.07 inch crack extending approximately 90 percent… Continue Reading »


Crew Saved After Fishing Boat Sinks Off Isles of Scilly

May 21, 2015

Five fishermen have been rescued from a life raft overnight after the fishing vessel Kairos sank 75 miles west of the Isles of Scilly. UK Coastguard received two distress calls just after 23:45 yesterday (May 18, 2015) including an EPRIB from the Kairos that gave a GPS location for the vessel. Falmouth Coastguard coordinated the… Continue Reading »


Pemex: Accident At Mexican Offshore Rig Kills Two

May 9, 2015

Mexican oil company Pemex said an accident on Tuesday has left an offshore maintenance rig in the southern Bay of Campeche listing, killing two workers, but has not affected crude production. Pemex said the Troll Solution rig, which was contracted to operate in Pemex’s Abkatun-Pol-Chuc shallow water oil field, was positioning itself to carry out… Continue Reading »


Court Upholds Dismissal of Manslaughter Charges Against BP Employees

March 14, 2015

A federal appeals court upheld a district judge’s decision to drop manslaughter charges against two former BP Plc well site managers over their roles in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil drilling disaster that killed 11 people. Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine were the two highest-ranking supervisors on board the Deepwater Horizon rig when disaster… Continue Reading »


Explosion Kills 3 Workers At Parsley Energy Texas Oil Rig

March 13, 2015

An explosion has killed three people and injured one at an oil and gas field in West Texas, a spokesman for well owner Parsley Energy Inc. said on Wednesday. “Our thoughts are with the families,” Lisa Elliott of Parsley said of the accident on Tuesday in Upton County, Texas. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration… Continue Reading »


Parents’ heartfelt tribute to tragic Durham student

January 30, 2015

THE family of tragic student Euan Coulthard say his death has left them “totally bereft”. And they are “eternally” grateful to commercial diver Trevor Bankhead, who found Euan’s is body in the River Wear at Durham City on Friday after travelling 170 miles from the Western Isles of Scotland . The 19-year-old Durham University law… Continue Reading »


Response Operations Concluded After Tug Sinks Off Oahu

January 27, 2015

The Coast Guard, Department of Health and responsible party Unified Command transitioned from response operations to an ongoing monitoring and response readiness posture, after the Nalani, a 95-foot towing vessel sank off Barbers Point Harbor, Oahu. The ship with 75,000 gallons of diesel fuel sank on Thursday in 2,200 feet of water. Shoreline and near-shore assessments indicate… Continue Reading »


AirAsia 8501 – More Bodies Retrieved, More Data Released

January 25, 2015

Detik News reports that there was some difficulty in relocating the fuselage.  Sidescan sonar was used and the fuselage was discovered “a few centimeters” from the last reported coordinates.  This highlights the difficulties faced by the divers: quite apart from the strong currents, visibility is very poor due to silt and sand stirred up by… Continue Reading »


Fishing Boat Sinks Near Sitka (Alaska)

January 23, 2015

The 80 foot long fishing vessel Eyak ran aground and sank off Calligan Island near Sitka, Alaska. The incident happened on Monday, approximately 13 miles south of Sitka Harbor. The Coast Guard Sector Juneau personnel responded to a distress call from a crewmember aboard the Eyak stating they had run aground by Calligan Island and… Continue Reading »

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