Communication, teamwork flaws led to ship-rig collision off Newfoundland: report

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ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — The Transportation Safety Board says communication and teamwork failed when a supply vessel hit a drill rig off Newfoundland.

There were no injuries or pollution when the supply ship Maersk (MARE’-sk) Detector hit one of eight steel columns on the GSF Grand Banks on Nov. 24, 2011.

The board says vessel workers continued loading cargo from the rig despite a high risk of collision because of poor communication between bridge officers, and between the vessel and the rig.

Officers on the bridge didn’t know the weather had worsened past the point of safety because information about increasing swells wasn’t relayed to them.

The board says bridge officers didn’t work as a team, and didn’t thoroughly use electronic data to keep a safe distance from the rig.

The report says the ship operator and Husky Oil Ltd. (TSX:HSE), operator of the White Rose oilfield, have made changes to lower the risk of a similar strike.

Transport Canada has also recommended changes to the Marine Personnel Regulations that oversee how bridge staff are trained.

Organizations: Transportation Safety Board, GSF Grand Banks, Husky Oil TSX Transport Canada Marine Personnel Regulations

Geographic location: Newfoundland, White Rose

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  • darls
    April 10, 2013 - 06:38

    so tell me ...how does a supply ship not see an oil rig.....just wonderin...cheers

  • david
    April 09, 2013 - 15:36

    Well, if we in Newfoundland need help or instructions on how to pronounce "Maersk", I believe it is safe to conclude that we have devolved from worldly seafaring stock into completely clueless vegetation. Forget managing offshore oil risk....we're now riding the 'special bus' to school.