April 2011 Archives

April 28, 2011

Oil Worker Fell to Death

A fall accident on a non-producing offshore oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico just off the coast of Louisiana killed an offshore worker last week.

The man, an employee of Alliance Oilfield Services, was working on a HilCorp. Energy offshore oil and gas platform. The platform was located in 375 feet of water, just about 129 miles off the Louisiana coast. The worker apparently fell through a deck opening, and suffered fatal injuries.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement is expected to investigate the accident.

April 27, 2011

Oil Rig Harrowing Tales

HOUSTON, TX - Four of the survivors from the explosion, fire and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon in 2010 got together one year after the disaster on April 20, 2011 for an appearance on the CBS Early Show to tell their stories with host, Erica Hill.

After going through a life-threatening experience and barely escaping with their lives, the treatment immediately following gives one the impression that the company was more interested in protecting themselves than the survivors.

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April 25, 2011

Cruise Ship Passengers Evacuated

Seven hundred and forty-one passengers and crewmembers were evacuated from the Ocean Star Pacific following a fire in on of the ship's generators.

The fire, which was reportedly small, knocked out power to the ship while it was sailing off the Mexican coast over the weekend. The 515 passengers and 226 crewmembers were taken by catamaran to the port of Huatulco on Mexico's West Coast.

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April 25, 2011

BP Sues Transocean

BP has filed a lawsuit against Transocean, the owner of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico last year, as well as parts manufacturer Cameron International.  BP is suing these two companies for $40 million over their role in the tragic offshore accident that killed 11 workers.

According to BP, Transocean was partly responsible for the explosion because the company missed several important signs that could have prevented the explosion.  According to BP, Transocean is the responsible party under the Oil Pollution Act, and is therefore liable to address some of the damage that occurred after the explosion.

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April 22, 2011

BP Sues Transocean

NEW ORLEANS, LA - On April 20, 2011, one year after the explosion, fire and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon and subsequent oil spill, BP (British Petroleum) is suing Transocean Ltd, the owner of the oil rig involved in the disaster.

In a separate lawsuit, BP is also suing Cameron International, the maker of the Blowout Preventer (BOP) that failed, citing that the device failed to stop the huge oil spill that followed the explosion.

The loss was staggering. Not only did the vessel sink to the bottom of the ocean, but 11 workers lost their lives and the blowout preventer failed to prevent the the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

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April 22, 2011

New law enhances response

On the one-year anniversary of the BP well rupture that led to a multimillion-gallon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a bill into law Wednesday to enhance the spill response program in Washington.

The new law, which relies on the Ecology Department to make new rules, should make it easier for crews to respond to oil spills in challenging conditions and help ensure volunteers and fishermen are on hand to help, actions supporters said would fill gaps in Washington's response system that local spills and the BP disaster brought to light.

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April 19, 2011

Tugboat Captain Sentenced

The captain of a tugboat involved in a maritime incident in 2008 that led to a massive oil spill in the Mississippi River has been sentenced to three years of probation.

Terry Carver was a captain on the MV Mel Oliver, on July 20th, 2008 he excused himself from duty and traveled to Illinois for some personal reasons. He left the vessel under the care of an under-licensed employee. There were no other licensed employees on the tug.  On July 23rd 2008, at about 1:30 am, the tugboat collided with a 600-foot tanker, Tintomara. The collision resulted in a release of close to 283,000 gallons of fuel into the lower Mississippi River.

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April 19, 2011

Piracy at Record Highs

According to a report by the International Maritime Bureau, maritime piracy increased to hit all-time record highs during the first three months of 2011. The report estimated that there were 142 pirate attacks across the globe during the first quarter this year. This increase in attacks could be partly due to a surge in piracy off the coast of Somalia.

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April 10, 2011

Crew Missing after Tugboat Capsize

The Coast Guard has completed its search for a crew member who went missing after his tugboat capsized off the California coast earlier this week.

According to the US Coast Guard, it received a distress call from the 43-foot tugboat Richardson's Bay on Saturday.  Coast Guard crews responded to the scene of the accident, and rescued one crew member who was in the water.  The man had suffered from mild hypothermia, and was treated for these injuries.

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April 6, 2011

Transocean Multi-Million Safety Bonuses

On Friday, April 1, Transocean announced to its shareholders that it paid executives multi-million dollar bonuses for the company's safety record.

On April 4, 2011, upon hearing of the bonuses, Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar blasted the company for declaring the year 2010 to be "the best year in safety performance" in the company's history. The year 2010 was witness to the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon that killed 11 people followed by an oil spill that poured 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

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April 3, 2011

Two Killed in Boating Incident

A 35 foot boat carrying children with developmental disabilities flipped over in San Diego Bay, killing two people. There were a total of 10 people aboard, including two children, the boat capsize throwing all the passengers into the water.

There were nine passengers on board, including two children aged between 10 and 11, one with special needs. Boaters in the area were able to rescue the passengers in the water, but two people drowned. One, a woman, suffered serious injuries and was hospitalized in a critical condition. Most of the injuries were linked to hypothermia.

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