Stena Drilling Pleads Guilty Over Fatal 2012 Rig Accident Off Australia
Stena Drilling has pleaded guilty in Australia to charges related to a fatal accident on board its Stena Clyde semi-submersible drilling rig in 2012 in which two people were killed.
According to NOPSEMA, Australia’s national regulator for the offshore oil and gas industry, Stena Drilling Australia Pty Ltd plead guilty to one charge in violation of clause 9(4) of Schedule 3 of the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 (OPGGS Act).
The incident occurred during drilling operations in Australian waters in the Bass Strait on 27 August 2012 and resulted in the death of the Stena Clyde floorman Peter Meddens and toolpusher Barry Denholm. gcaptain.com/sten...
Crew members of dive vessel injured in pipeline rupture
Two crew members of the "Ms. Kerci" were injured after a natural gas pipeline ruptured about 25 miles south of Marsh Island. The rupture caused the pipeline to catch fire, and two crew members aboard the vessel were injured and escorted to Houma. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received notification of the rupture and subsequent fire around 8:30 p.m. on Aug 26, 2015, and launched a HC-144 Ocean Sentry fixed-wing aircraft crew from Aviation Training Center Mobile to monitor the situation. The fire has since been extinguished. The "Ms. Kerci was working on the pipeline at the time of the rupture. The pipeline's owner, Boardwalk/Gulf South Pipeline Co., sent out a second vessel to repair the ruptured pipeline.
First ship with Van der Velden® FLEX Tunnel commissioned into service
The first ship outfitted with the Van der Velden® FLEX Tunnel was named Friday, August 14th in Duisburg. The Rhenus Duisburg, the new barge combination from shipping company Rhenus PartnerShip, has been put through extensive tests and trials. Much data has been collected so as to establish the appropriate and ultimate efficiency of the Van der Velden® FLEX Tunnel. The system developed by Van der Velden offers advantages for barges in terms of speed, capacity, propulsion, manoeuvrability and fuel economy. Photo report on www.hellenicshipp...
On Aug 25, 2015, the "Poseidon" found the bodies of more than 50 migrants in the hold of a vessel off the coast of Libya. During the operation around 430 migrants were saved. The "Poseidon" was already rescuing 130 migrants from a raft north of Libya's coast when it got a call to assist a nearby wooden ship. The Swedes rescued 439 survivors from the wooden boat then looked for the bodies. The crew had to cut up the deck of the wooden boat to get to the bodies)
in a safe way. The victims probably died of asphyxiation. The corpses were placed in body bags to make sure they didn't come into contact with the survivors. In addition to the 51 dead discovered by the "Poseidon" crew, three women were found dead in another migrant boat and another corpse was found during the 10 rescue operations that were launched the same day.
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The "LE Niamh" has rescued 551 people from a wooden barge off the Libyan coast on Aug 26, 2015, and took them to Trapani. The patrol ship was tasked by the Italian Marine Rescue Co-ordination Centre to investigate the sighting of a possible migrant vessel 55 km north of Zuwarah. It deployed two rigid inflatable boats to investigate a vessel, described as a fishing boat, with about 700 people on board. The Italian MRCC tasked another four vessels to help the Naval patrol ship in the complex rescue. The "LE Niamh" took 394 men, 96 women and 71 children aboard and gave food, water and medical assistance where required.
On Aug 27, 21015, at 10 a.m. the "Voorwaarts Voorwarts" got stuck at the Noorder bridge in the Noorderstadsgracht in Leeuwarden. The rigging got entangled in the lifted bridge, and both masts of the ship broke. The master suffered injuries by falling debris. The second man remained uninjured. About 15 minutes after getting stuck the ship came loose and moored at the quay.
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The "Michipicoten" provided a lee for a distressed sailboat in adverse weather on Aug 26, 2015, 18 miles east of Alpena, Michigan in Lake Huron. The area was under a small-craft advisory with reported on-scene conditions of 20-25 knots and waves 6-7 feet, and the U.S. Coast Guard, the Alpena Sheriff's Department and several good Samaritans were assisting two men aboard the 42-foot sailboat that began taking on water. Shortly after 9 a.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, received a call from the sailboat 18 nautical miles east of Alpena in Lake Huron. The men stated they were currently using a hand pump to dewater the vessel.
Sector Sault dispatched a crew from the Coast Guard Station Alpena aboard a 25-foot response boat, a crew from Coast Guard Station St. Ignace, Michigan, aboard a 45-foot response boat and a crew from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Michigan, aboard a Dolphin helicopter. They also issued an urgent marine information broadcast advising mariners in the area of the situation. The "Michipicoten" and a 45-foot pleasure craft responded to the broadcast along with the Alpena Sheriff's Department.
Just after 11 a.m., the Traverse City aircrew arrived on scene and lowered a rescue swimmer and a dewatering pump to the vessel. After arriving aboard, the swimmer was made aware that one of the men had a history of heart problems and was beginning to experience chest pains. Not long after, the man started to lose consciousness. The crew medically evacuated the man to Alpena Regional Medical Center. His condition is currently unknown. The crew aboard the 25-foot response boat arrived just before 11:30 a.m, and began to assist with the dewatering process. Just after noon, the crew aboard the 45-foot response boat arrived on scene, placed the sailboat in tow and are currently en route to Thunder Bay Harbor in Alpena.
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On Aug 26 the "Costa Mediterranea" continued its cruise from Kotor after the floating crane "Teg 25" from Split with the tug ""Vruljica" put the crashed tender biat 6 (CS IBCF) back in place. Work had started on Aug 25 at 5 p.m. The ship was expected back in Trieste as scheduled for next voyage starting on Aug 29. The tender which was cut at the bottom will be repaired.