September 2011 Archives

September 26, 2011

Passenger Missing

Mexican authorities are searching for a 39-year-old man who was seen jumping off a Carnival cruise ship near Cozumel.

Carnival officials said the man reportedly jumped off the Conquest ship Friday night. The ship returned to the location where the man was last seen and began searching for him. According to a statement from the cruise line, Mexican authorities searched the ship and then allowed it to continue on its scheduled trip.

The ship is expected to return to its home port of Galveston, Texas, on Sunday after a seven-day cruise.

September 21, 2011

Report Blames Crew for Crash

An investigation into the 2009 helicopter crash in the North Sea blames crew error for the crash. The crash occurred when a helicopter carrying 18 people on board, including several offshore crew members, went down into the sea 300 m short of a BP oil and gas platform 125 miles east of Aberdeen.

There were no casualties, and all 18 people were rescued. Workers on the BP Oil and Gas platform witnessed the crash, and were able to begin rescue operations immediately to retrieve the crew from of the water.

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September 20, 2011

$44 Million Spill Payment

The companies involved in the 2007 oil spill when the 810-foot long container ship Cosco Busan crashed into the Bay Bridge have agreed to pay $44.4 million towards cleanup costs. The crash damaged the hull of the vessel and within hours, oil began leaking into the water. More than 53,000 gallons of oil spilled into the bay.

The accident was ultimately blamed on the misconduct of the pilot.  On the day of the accident, visibility conditions were poor, and crews on many of the vessels decided to stay docked until visibility improved. The pilot took the container ship out to sea on its way to South Korea.

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September 20, 2011

Two Crewmembers Killed

Two crewmembers were killed, and more than 200 passengers had to be evacuated after a fire broke out on a Norwegian cruise vessel last week.

The fire broke out on the MS Nordly, and led to the evacuation of the 207 passengers on board the vessel, as well as 15 crew members. However, two crew members, aged 18 and 57, were killed.  Their bodies were found in the engine room. At least nine other crewmembers suffered injuries, including smoke inhalation and burns. Two persons were seriously injured.  At least two rescue personnel suffered smoke inhalation injuries, and had to receive treatment.

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September 19, 2011

Cruise Ship Passenger Dies

According to reports by the Royal Gazette, a passenger of the Carnival Cruise Lines' Fantasy ship has died while visiting during an island visit in Bermuda while snorkeling one mile offshore.

The 79-year-old tourist was confirmed to be a U.S. citizen, but his identity has not been disclosed. Police stated the man taken onshore and attended to by EMTs was part of a snorkeling tour group and had entered an unresponsive state and was pronounced dead at 12:55pm on Sunday. The Fantasy had departed from the Port of Charleston in South Carolina, which docked into Bermuda just a day before his death.

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September 18, 2011

Barge Strikes Bridge-Tunnel

A barge carrying a cargo of rocks for an ongoing remediation project struck the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel when it was being moved from one area to another early Tuesday morning, Sept 13, at about 3:00 a.m. No injuries were reported at the time of the incident.

According to bridge-tunnel Deputy Director Tom Anderson, the barge accident occurred when the barge struck a concrete piling on the southbound span between the two tunnels causing more severe damage than a similar incident that occurred in June.

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September 18, 2011

Poor BP Practices Blamed for Explosion

A federal report into the Gulf of Mexico explosion last year blames a combination of shoddy safety practices by BP, a poor cementing job as well as bad decisions taken by BP, Transocean and Halliburton for the tragedy.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement report places most of the blame for the explosion on BP. The report mentions the responsibility shared by Transocean and Halliburton.

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