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Optimus launches new training workshop

An Aberdeen safety culture training firm has launched a workshop course aimed at drill rig crews at a conference in Kuala Lumpur. Optimus Seventh Generation has developed the ‘Operationalising the Safety Case’ workshop to raise awareness of major hazardous accidents and safety barriers designed to protect the rig.


Maersk launch new training facility in Aberdeen


Maersk have launched a new training facility in Kingswells, providing additional training opportunities to oil and gas workers in Aberdeen. Launched this week, the centre aims to complement the training facilities that already exist in the north-east, including the survival centre in Portlethen and the boat training facility in Stonehaven.

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BW Offshore confirms nine fatalities following FPSO explosion


BW Offshore said three remaining crew missing after an explosion had been recovered. The announcement means the total number of fatalities following the incident stands at nine workers. Last month an explosion occurred on Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) unit Cidade de Sao Mateus.


Map shows regions which pose most risk to oil and gas workers


A map of the world has been created to help keep oil and gas companies updated on regions that pose the most risks to their staff. International SOS has released its Health Risk Map 2015, which helps oil companies, non governmental organisations, educational institutions and governments understand health threats around the world. For Aberdeen-based oil companies in particular, it helps employers ensure that their staff are safe ahead of overseas assignments.

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Algeria siege inquest ruling due


A verdict will be recorded later in the inquest of British victims of a bloody terrorist siege at an Algerian gas plant. Six Britons and a UK-based Colombian were among 40 hostages who were killed by al Qaida-linked Islamists during a four-day stand-off in January 2013 at the In Amenas complex. Assistant Coroner for West Sussex Nicholas Hilliard QC will hand down a verdict and narrative conclusions at the Old Bailey this afternoon. At the start of the inquest last year, the Recorder of London had said: “Each was wholly innocent of events which unfolded when a group of heavily armed went into the In Amenas gas facility. “Forty innocent people lost their lives, such was the scale of events. Each and every death is a wholly separate tragedy and leaves family and friends devastated and bereft.”

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Investigation after alleged ‘near-miss’ on North Sea platform


An investigation is underway by Talisman Sinopec over an alleged dropped object on the Claymore platform in the North Sea. It is understood a cable snapped as a 22-tonne blowout preventer was being lifted late last week in what has been described as a "near-miss". Production was temporarily shut down as a temporary measure on the Claymore platform, which is 100 miles north east of Aberdeen, following the incident.

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Safety still a “priority” one year on from offshore helicopter safety report


Safety remains an "absolute priority" one year on from the publication of a report addressing issues on offshore helicopter flights. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)'s CAT-1145 report was released on February 20, 2014 and listed 61 actions and recommendations aimed at addressing accident prevention for workers travelling offshore by helicopter. It comes one month after the CAA said there is still work to be done to improve flight safety.

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Production halted on Gudrun field


Production at Statoil’s Gudrun oil and gas field has been halted following a suspected gas leak. The company said it was unsure when the platform, in the Norwegian North Sea, would resume output.

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Six fatalities now confirmed following explosion in Brazil


BW Offshore said six people are now confirmed to have died following an explosion onboard an FPSO (Floating Production, Storage and Offloading ) unit in Brazil. Three crew members are still missing following the incident one week ago with search and rescue operations continuing. Another five personnel are continuing to receive medical attention in hospital, the company said.

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Worker on North Sea platform exposed to radiation


An investigation has been launched after a North Sea worker was exposed to radiation. The incident happened 145 miles east of Aberdeen on the Lomond Installation. The worker, who is employed by offshore firm Sparrows, has undergone medical evaluations both offshore and onshore and has been confirmed as safe from any potential harm.

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Emergency services called to airport for incoming helicopter flight


Emergency services have been called to Aberdeen International Airport due to fears for an incoming helicopter. The Bristow EC225 Super Puma aircraft was due in at around 10.05am and has triggered a response from police, fire and rescue and ambulance teams. There were 19 passengers on-board the aircraft along with two crew members.

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CAA: ‘Significant’ improvements have been made to offshore helicopter safety


The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said improvements have been made to offshore helicopter flights, but there is still more to be done. The body said many of the safety objectives it had set last year had already been met such as emergency breathing systems and cancelling flights in the most extreme sea conditions. It said the safety of those who travel in offshore helicopter flight is “paramount”.

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Super Puma makes emergency landing


A Super Puma has made an emergency landing at Aberdeen International Airport. The CHC Super Puma L2 helicopter had two crew on board and no passengers when the incident happened. The flight had been coming into Aberdeen when it made a request for priority landing.


Shell launches investigation into suspected North Sea gas leak


An investigation has been launched after a suspected gas leak in the North Sea. Oil major Shell, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) will review the incident, which happened earlier this week close to the Curlew Floating Production, Storage and Offloading vessel (FPSO). Specialist divers from the Bibby Polaris Dive Support Vessel (DSV) are currently on site to close two vales which will isolate the vessel from the Fulmar pipeline.

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Investigations launched after refinery fires


An investigation has been launched into a fire at a US refinery operated by Canadian oil firm Husky Energy. The Husky Lima Refinery produces gasoline, diesel, jet fuel , residual fuels and petrochemical feedstocks which produces two billion gallons of refined petroleum products every year. A spokesman said the company is investigation the cause and impact on operations.

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More than 60,000 offshore workers to be measured in new safety strategy

More than 60,000 offshore workers are to have the span of their shoulders measured ahead of new regulations on body size coming into force in April. Industry group Step Change in Safety has revealed its measurement strategy for helicopter passengers travelling to and from offshore installations that will ensure all can escape from windows in the case of accidents. Workers whose shoulders measure greater than 22in will be classified as “extra broad” (XBR) and will be required to sit in a helicopter seat that’s closest window is compatible with their shoulder size.

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Industry safety group reveals measurement strategy for helicopter passengers


Industry group Step Change in Safety has revealed its measurement strategy for helicopter passengers travelling to and from offshore installations. The move comes after Step Change announced last year that passengers will be measured by the width of their shoulders for flights. Those whose shoulders measure greater than 22inches (55.9cm) will be classified as extra broad.

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North Sea helicopter struck by lightning


A North Sea helicopter was forced to return to an airport after it was struck by lightning on its way to an oil platform, it has emerged. The Bond-operated EC225 was carrying 11 passengers and two crew at the time off the incident, off the coast of Aberdeen. The helicopter has now been taken out of service until it is examined by engineers to see if the aircraft was damaged during the lightning strike.