Oil rig safety - Lessons from Deepwater Horizon
Based on the aftermath investigation of the sinking of Deepwater Horizon, several weaknesses of the oil rig emergency response management were discovered, despite regular inspections in compliance with SOLAS and USCG requirements, citing an "outstanding safety culture" on board.
Deepwater Horizon was an ultra-deepwater, semi-submersible offshore drilling rig owned by Transocean. On April 20, 2010, while drilling at the Macondo Prospect in the Gulf of Mexico, a blowout of methane gas caused a detonation on the platform that killed 11 crew members and ignited a fireball. An attempt to activate the blowout preventer failed as the blind shear ram to plug the well. The fire was out of control, and two days later, on April 22, the Deepwater Horizon sank, leaving the well open at the seabed. The resultant oil spill persisted until July 15, when it was closed by a cap. The US authorities established the Gulf Spill Restoration project to restore much of the coastline.
Improve Your Offshore Emergency Response Management
The potential profits of offshore drilling are significant, but so are the risks. Therefore, safety must be the number one priority on these installations. Lives and wealth are at risk and must be secured because you care for the wellbeing of your personnel, and you are responsible for smooth and efficient operation in a risky environment at the same time. One crucial approach to improving your emergency response is preparedness.
According to safeopedia, emergency response management "includes any systematic response to an unexpected or dangerous occurrence." HSE supervisors and managers design emergency response procedures to mitigate the impact of an event on people and the environment.
Emergency Mustering: How to improve Offshore Safety
Keeping people safe and infrastructure protected is a number one priority for every organisation. Knowing where your staff are can make the difference between life and death in specific situations. During an emergency, it is vital to know who has or has not left the hazardous area. The ability to track multiple people, at speed in a mass evacuation can prevent injuries, fatalities and loss.
Improving your capabilities for emergency response management is vital.
There are many intrinsic weaknesses in manual mustering. The system relies on a small number of trained personnel to undertake the subsequent roll call but also heavily on staff following procedures.
Emergency Response Management: Mobile mustering
Cruise ships, extensive facilities, mass events, big office buildings, offshore installations and mines must prepare for an emergency evacuation scenario.
When safety managers use traditional mustering methods, inaccurate data will lead to dangerous situations for personnel, visitors and rescue teams.
A mobile mustering solution based on automatic scanning of the entire area will provide a much better overview of the situation and help emergency response management where needed.