Offshore regulator notes two recent problems offshore

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Metal rod dropped, helicopter turns around mid-flight

The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (CNLOPB) has issued a statement regarding two safety incidents offshore in the last week.

There were no injuries in either incident.

The first of the two was a “dropped object” incident, where a metal rod fell from about 50 feet on the Hibernia platform.

The rod — no description has been provided of its weight or size — landed about 15 feet from a worker, according to the board.

Hibernia management are investigating the Thursday, March 28 incident, according to the regulator’s statement.

The statement was issued around 2 p.m. today.

The second concern relates to the turnaround of a helicopter flight, on March 31.

Cougar Flight 873 was heading West Aquarius drill rig when it returned to St. John’s “due to a problem with the radar.”

The flight was 268 nautical miles from St. John’s at the time of the turnaround. The flight had four passengers and two crew aboard.

Organizations: Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board, Hibernia

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