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SUMMARIES OF MAJOR  ACCIDENT REPORTS
(In event order)

THE KULLUK INCIDENT
December 2012
THE COSTA CONCORDIA
January 2012
THE DEEPWATER HORIZON
April 2010
THE BOURBON DOLPHIN
April 2007
THE STEVNS POWER
October 2003
THE OCEAN RANGER
February 1982
THE OCEAN EXPRESS
April 1976

PICTURE OF THE DAY
PIC OF THE DAY ARCHIVES
2007 - 77 Photographs
2008 - 101 Photographs
2009 - 124 Photographs
2010 - 118 Photographs
2011 - 100 Photographs
2012 - 97 Photographs

 

         

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THE SOVEREIGN EXPLORER AND THE BLACK MARLIN

Back in April 2001 the Transocean Sedco Forex semi submersible Sovereign Explorer was loaded onto the heavy lift ship Black Marlin in the sheltered waters around an island off West Africa. The rig had been working in the waters off the Ivory Coast and was scheduled to go to work off the coast of Ireland, and the owners felt it was the best way of getting it back to the UK without hassle.

The chosen port of discharge was Falmouth.

It was necessary to unload the rig in Falmouth Bay and then bring it into the River Fal to have some maintenance undertaken before its next contract and the two ships involved in the task were the Maersk Seeker which had towed the rig out to Africa in the autumn of 2000 and remained with it out there and unusually the Havila Clever. This ship which had once been the Torbas and although fitted with a tow winch had not actually worked in anger for a number of years.

Here is a montage of pictures, the first few taken in Africa and the later ones in Falmouth bay and the River Fal.  We have Paul Love of Stewarts Shipbrokers Aberdeen to thank for the African pictures. The Falmouth pictures taken by Vic Gibson. Scroll down to see them.

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The pictures above show some aspects of the positioning of the rig over the ship and the means of holding it in position.

The white block visible in the third picture is a load of riser brought back on the deck of the Black Marlin. It is curious to see cargo being submerged, but of course riser is used to being treated in this way.

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So there we have it. Tantalisingly we do not have a photograph of the ship and the rig during the loading, or the ship and the rig during the unloading, but we are close.

During the movement of the rig in and out of the River Fal the pilots were at full stretch, with one on each ship and one on the rig. The picture above of the Havila Clever shows the Pilot Boat at work.

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FEATURES

THE DEEPWATER HORIZON
Deepwater Horizon -The President's Report
Deepwater Horizon - The Progess of the Event

OTHER ACCIDENTS
The KULLUK Grounding
The Costa Concordia Report
The Costa Concordia Grounding
The Elgin Gas Leak
The Loss of the Normand Rough
The Bourbon Dolphin Accident
The Loss of the Stevns Power
Another Marine Disaster
Something About the P36
The Cormorant Alpha Accident
The Ocean Ranger Disaster
The Loss of the Ocean Express

OPERATIONS
The Life of the Oil Mariner
Offshore Technology and the Kursk
The Sovereign Explorer and the Black Marlin

SAFETY
Safety Case and SEMS
Practical Safety Case Development
Preventing Fires and Explosions Offshore
The ALARP Demonstration
PFEER, DCR and Verification
PFEER and the Dacon Scoop
Human Error and Heavy Weather Damage
Lifeboats & Offshore Installations
More about PFEER
The Offshore Safety Regime - Fit for the Next Decade
The Safety Case and its Future
Jigsaw
Collision Risk Management
Shuttle Tanker Collisions
A Good Prospect of Recovery

TECHNICAL
The History of the UT 704
The Peterhead Connection
Goodbye Kiss
Uses for New Ships
Supporting Deepwater Drilling
Jack-up Moving - An Overview
Seismic Surveying
Breaking the Ice
Tank Cleaning and the Environment
More about Mud Tank Cleaning
Datatrac
Tank Cleaning in 2004
Glossary of Terms

CREATIVE WRITING
An Unusual Investigation
Gaia and Oil Pollution
The True Price of Oil
Icebergs and Anchor-Handlers
Atlantic SOS
The Greatest Influence
How It Used to Be
Homemade Pizza
Goodbye Far Turbot
The Ship Manager
Running Aground
A Cook's Tale
Navigating the Channel
The Captain's Letter

GENERAL INTEREST
The Sealaunch Project
Ghost Ships of Hartlepool
Beam Him Up Scotty
Q790
The Bilbao OSV Conference