Iraq completes repairs on Basra offshore oil terminal

Iraq’s state-run Basra Oil Company has completed repairs on a floating oil terminal in the Arabian Gulf that was damaged by a tanker collision earlier this week. An oil tanker collided with a single point mooring (SPM) on January 30th, suffering slight damage, the company said, adding that the incident did not affect the loading…

Marine accident round-up : 4th January 2019

The US Coast Guard has suspended any active search for one remaining unaccounted for crewmember of the adrift vehicles carrier Sincerity Ace (IMO 9519092). Good Samaritans from four merchant vessels were able to rescue 16 of the 21 Sincerity Ace crew, who were forced to abandon the vessel following a fire that broke out on…

Exxon explorer intercepted by Venezuela

The Venezuelan navy intercepted a ship in Guyanese waters over the weekend of December 22nd and 23rd. The vessel was exploring for oil on behalf of Exxon Mobil Corp, Guyana’s foreign ministry said. Venezuela said the incident occurred within its own territory. The incident reflects a 100-years-old border dispute between the two countries, but  a…

AIBN recommends reassessment of regulations re offshore service vessels

The Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN) has recommended that the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NA) carry out an assessment of whether its current regulatory framework is sufficient to ensure safety on board offshore vessels that are engaged in complex national and international operations for the petroleum industry. The recommendation comes in AIBN’s report on an explosion…

Response continues for spill near Port Sulphur, Louisiana

Dozens of boats and more than 100 workers at the weekend were continuing the clean-up and containment an oil spill in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. Nearly 5,000 gallons of oil and water had already been collected. Plaquemines Parish Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Patrick Harvey said that “it’s a big spill,” adding that “luckily,…

Faulty valve said to be the cause of oil spill off Newfoundland

Canada’s Husky Energy has said that that it was not yet precisely clear why a valve failed, causing a flowline to the SeaRose FPSO to leak an estimated 250,000 litres of oil into the Atlantic Ocean south of Newfoundland on Friday 16th November. Husky’s senior vice president for the Atlantic region Trevor Pritchard said that…

Turkey stakes claim to North of Cyprus gas resources

Turkey will not allow the exploitation of gas reserves in the Turkish and north Cypriot waters of the eastern Mediterranean, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday November 4th. The Eastern Mediterranean, believed to be rich in natural gas, has revived tensions between Turkey and Greece, the latter having a defence protection pact with the internationally…

No Jones Act waivers sought as a result of pipeline explosion

The explosion on the Enbridge natural gas pipeline on October 9th has not led the US west coast marine oil market to seek Jones Act waivers, Reuters reported. One oil major was said to have been contemplating Jones Act waivers, but there was sufficient Jones Act-compliant equipment in the Pacific Northwest and idle in the…

Injured oil rig worker awarded $1m by US federal court

A federal court in Louisiana has awarded $1.04m to oil rig worker who suffered severe injuries in a helicopter crash in October 2013. A federal court in Louisiana awarded $1.04m plus interest to an oil rig worker who was injured in a helicopter crash. The helicopter was bringing Miller and two other men back to…

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