The Top 8 Reasons Ships Sank, Spilled Oil And Exploded In 2015

Yesterday the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released Safer Seas Digest a “one-stop shop” for mariners and others to review concise summaries of a year’s accident investigations. The digest also includes the NTSB's Top 8 Most Wanted List, which reveals the 10 safety issues that played the most significant role in last year's … [Read more...]

NTSB: Shell’s Poor Planning Caused 2012 Grounding of Kulluk Rig

  The National Transportation Safety Board has determined that inadequate planning by Shell ultimately led to the grounding of the the company's Kulluk drilling rig in Alaska in 2012. The Shell owned ice-class mobile offshore drilling unit Kulluk grounded in heavy weather near Ocean Bay on the eastern coast of Sitkalidak Island off Kodiak on December 31, 2012 … [Read more...]

Shell’s Grounded Drilling Rig Product Of Poor Tow Plan Says USCG

By Steve Quinn JUNEAU, Alaska, April 3 (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell ignored warnings about the dangers of a towing mission that left a drillship grounded in the storm-tossed Gulf of Alaska in 2012, in part to avoid paying millions of dollars in state property taxes, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a report released on Thursday. The Kulluk, having completed preliminary … [Read more...]

U.S. Coast Guard Concludes Kulluk Hearings

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday said it has wrapped up its formal marine casualty investigation hearing on the contributing causes that led to the grounding of Shell's Kulluk drilling rig in Alaska on Dec. 31, 2012. Testimony gathered during the nine-day closed-door hearing will now be reviewed and added to the ongoing formal marine casualty … [Read more...]

Kulluk Hearing Kicks Off in Alaska

The U.S. Coast Guard on Monday kicked off its formal marine casualty investigation hearing into the December 31 grounding of Shell's Kulluk drilling rig on Sitkalidak Island. The closed-door hearing, which is being held in Anchorage, Alaska, will look to examine the facts, circumstances, and causal factors involved in the Kulluk grounding. The Kulluk, a conical drilling … [Read more...]