Offshore Engineer Safety & Security News


Malaysia: Petronas Launches Investigation into Fatal Offshore Incident

Oct 29, 2020

Malaysian oil and gas giant said Thursday it was investigating the cause behind the incident that happened earlier this week when the Dayang Topaz offshore vessel crashed into its platform at the Baram field, off Sarawak.'A thorough assessment of the platform structures is being carried out…

Malaysia: Two Dead After Offshore Vessel Rams into Oil Platform

Oct 27, 2020

Two crew of a Malaysian offshore support vessel died on Tuesday after their ship hit a [platform] operated by state oil firm Petronas off the state of Sarawak on Borneo island.The Dayang Topaz rammed into the Baram B oil platform after its anchor cable broke in bad weather…

Video: USCG Performs Rescue Drill on Wind Turbine off Virginia

Oct 22, 2020

As the U.S. offshore wind industry begins to build up, the U.S. Coast Guard is training to ensure it is prepared to respond to any potential emergency—even at 400 feet in the air.Last week, an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City…

PDVSA Plans to Offload Oil from Tilting FSO Offshore Venezuela

Oct 20, 2020

Venezuelan state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) plans to offload crude from the Nabarima floating oil facility via ship-to-ship (STS) transfer amid environmental concerns, two people familiar with the matter said on Monday.The Nabarima…

Norway: Probe Launched after 26.5t Pipe Drops on Offshore Rig's Drill Floor

Oct 20, 2020

The Norwegian oil and gas safety body PSA Norway has launched an investigation into an incident that occurred last weekend aboard the West Bollsta semi-submersible drilling rig, just a week after the rig had started drilling its first-ever well…

All Offshore Rigs Return to GoM after Hurricane. Some 30% of Oil Output Still Shut

Oct 15, 2020

All dynamically positioned offshore drilling rigs in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico that moved away from the Hurricane Delta last week have now returned to the Gulf. Production from oil and gas platforms has yet to be fully restored.As previously reported…

Norway: Pandemic May Have Caused a Rise in Offshore Incidents, Safety Watchdog Says

Oct 14, 2020

The Norwegian offshore oil and gas safety body PSA Norway has launched a probe into another offshore incident and has warned that the coronavirus pandemic may have lead to a hike in the number of serious incidents, and a record number of PSA investigations - eleven so far this year…

Equinor's Fire-hit Arctic LNG Plant to Resume Operations on Jan. 1

Oct 13, 2020

Equinor's Melkoeya liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in Norway is expected to resume output on Jan. 1, 2021, after it was damaged in a fire last month, the company said in a regulatory statement on Monday.The fire on Sept. 28 in one of the plant's…

Hurricane Closes 92% of Gulf of Mexico Oil Output in Biggest Shutdown in 15 Years

Oct 09, 2020

A strengthening Hurricane Delta dealt the greatest blow to U.S. offshore Gulf of Mexico production in 15 years, halting most of the region's oil and nearly two-thirds of its natural gas output.An already large and powerful storm, Delta could…

Gulf of Mexico: Storm-weary Offshore Oil Firms Prep for Massive Hurricane

Oct 07, 2020

Oil and gas workers withdrew en masse from offshore production facilities as Hurricane Delta grew into a powerful storm over the Caribbean on its way to the Gulf of Mexico.Delta's winds reached 145 miles per hour (235 kph) as the storm sped…

US Gulf Platforms Shutting as Hurricane Delta Strengthens

Oct 06, 2020

Energy companies were securing offshore production platforms and evacuating workers on Tuesday, some for the sixth time this year, as a major hurricane took aim at U.S. oil production in the Gulf of Mexico.Hurricane Delta, the 25th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season…

US Offshore Evacuations Begin as Record-breaking Storm Threatens

Oct 05, 2020

Energy companies on Monday began evacuating offshore oil platforms as the 25th named storm of the year formed in the Caribbean and was forecast to become a major hurricane before it entered the Gulf of Mexico and threatens the U.S. mainland…

Fire Shuts Equinor's Plant That Processes Gas from Barents Sea Field

Sep 29, 2020

A fire at Equinor's Melkoeya liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in the north of Norway halted output on Monday but caused no injuries, police and the company said.Images on local media showed plumes of smoke rising from the plant, but the fire was eventually put out…

India's ONGC Douses Fire on Offshore Gas-fed Plant

Sep 24, 2020

A fire at an Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) plant caused by a pipeline rupture has cut gas supplies to customers including power and fertiliser companies, said a person familiar with the matter at gas marketing firm GAIL (India) Ltd.The fire…

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