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    Re: Deepwater Horizon

    Thanks, Ombugge.................
    Ivy

    "To thine own self be true.......
    Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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      Re: Deepwater Horizon

      I can see where Lawyers are getting "fatter", especially where their pocket book is concerned: http://www.rigzone.com/news/article.asp?a_id=113120

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        Re: Deepwater Horizon

        I found this on the Ships & Oil website.
        The only other nugget of information in the public domain at the moment is that the Marshall Islands incorrectly classified the Deepwater Horizon as a self-propelled MODU (Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit), which would move by itself between locations before being anchored, while it should have been classified as a Dynamically Positioned MODU, one which both moves by itself and maintains station on location by itself. Without going into details, a higher level of marine qualification is required for the latter for most positions. Apparently the error was made in 2004. One has to ask how the owners of the unit had not realised that the error had occurred.

        And I realise that it may be worth providing just a bit more information about DP, dynamically positioned, vessels, again. There are now all sorts of DP vessels in the world from drilling rigs and drill ships to passenger ships and super yachts. The proliferation of this type of craft has been fostered by the global positioning system (GPS), which as we all know is now available an an accessory on your camera never mind a billion dollars worth of oil rig. DP rigs are provided with multiple engines which provide the power for probably eight omni-directional thusters, and the thrusters are interfaced with a computer system which receives signals from the GPS system, and detects if the rig moves away from its assigned position. In that case the thrusters fire up and return it to where it should be. The whole process is monitored by DP Operators whose job it is to watch the computers, and to take over if things go wrong. It is curious, to those of us who are or have been professional mariners, that no actual marine qualification is required for those wishing to be trained as DP Operators.
        It is interesting to read that the DS Horizon was "wrongly" classified as "thruster assisted"rather then as "self-propelled" MODU. (The terms used above is incorrect)
        That the Owner had not noticed this discrepancy is not likely, nor that USCG Inspectors and BP as the Charterers was not aware.

        The difference is that the the first allow the OIM to be a non-mariner, while the last requires a fully qualified Marine Crew to be on board at all times.
        Whether that would have made a difference to the outcome of this accident can be debated, since it was caused by a lack of well control and a Blow-out.
        Last edited by ombugge; September 12th, 2012, 07:48.

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          Re: Deepwater Horizon

          Well, it looks like the courts have weighed in...
          http://money.cnn.com/2012/11/15/news...html?hpt=hp_t4

          But it also seems not to be over quite yet.
          http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/...-oil-well.html

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            Re: Deepwater Horizon

            BP have many avenues of claiming part payment from Transocean and Halliburton yet.
            This will only be over when the Lawyers are well fed and no more legal options exist, in the US or elsewhere.

            If BP had been regarded by the general public and the court as a US company, (which it is for it's US operations) and Transocean, (with their corporate HQ in Switzerland), or Halliburton (with HQ in Dubai) had been regarded as "foreign" companies, would the verdict be different????

            Sorry, if I sound like an old cynic (which I am)

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              Re: Deepwater Horizon

              A video documentary on Deepwater Horizon blowout: http://www.naftrade.com/9/post/2012/...mber_192207701

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                Re: Deepwater Horizon

                More Deepwater Horizon. This time about th lessons learnt from this accident and the aftermaths: http://www.naftrade.com/21/post/2012...mber_192659884

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                  Re: Deepwater Horizon

                  BP has pleaded guilty to criminal conduct during the Deepwater Horizon blow-out: http://www.safety4sea.com/page/14739/5/bp-sentenced-to-pay-record-$4bil-for-deepwater-horizon-crimes-?goback=%2Egde_62537_member_209526008

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                    Re: Deepwater Horizon

                    While the implicated parties are haggling in court something good may have come out of this incident, according to this article in Offshore Shipping Online yesterday:
                    Keeping to a promise made to the EU in May, 2011, OGP has produced a summary of how the industry has implemented recommendations set out by OGP’s Global Industry Response Group (GIRG).

                    Acting on the knowledge of more than 100 leading technical experts and managers from around the world, the GIRG focussed on major incident prevention, intervention and response.

                    The milestone document, Offshore safety: Getting it right now and for the long term, provides implementation updates in each of the three GIRG areas, as well as on mutual aid agreements that transcend companies and borders.

                    After almost a year of in-depth analysis, the GIRG determined that more reliable well safety relied on renewed efforts in four key areas:

                    • Creation of an industry-wide well control incident database
                    • Assessment of blow-out-preventer reliability and potential improvements to this equipment
                    • Improved training and competences and more attention paid to human factors
                    • The development and implementation of key international sandards pertaining to well design and well operations management.

                    Helping to drive these improvements is OGP’s Wells Expert Committee, which has set up a dedicated task force for each of these priorities. Participants include 20 companies and organisations from 12 countries with operations that span the globe.

                    The GIRG’s second set of recommendations focused on the need for being prepared – improvements to well integrity notwithstanding.

                    This led to the creation of the Subsea Well response Project (SWRP), a consortium consisting of BG Group, BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Petrobras, Shell, Statoil and Total.

                    SWRP has now designed and built a comprehensive capping system, complete with subsea dispersant cabability. The first of the four capping and dispersant capabilities is now available to the global industry via subscription to OSRL, the world’s leading oil spill response organisation.

                    The entire system is designed to be readily transportable by air and/or sea from one of the four OSRL-operated strategic base locations in Europe, Africa, South America and Asia Pacific.

                    To consolidate the learnings from Macondo – and to stimulate new research – the GIRG recommended the formation of an Oil Spill Response Joint Industry Project (OSR-JIP).

                    Its 18 member companies are now working collectively with key stakeholders around the world. These include SWRP, the American Petroleum Institute (API), the Marine Spill Response Corporation, the European Maritime Safety Agency and a number of OGP and IPIECA standing committees and related JIPs.

                    For example, as the milestone document relates, one of the OSR-JIP’s key missions is to optimise the use of subsea dispersant injection. This involves liaison with API’s Joint Industry Task Force and an OGP-managed JIP on Arctic Oil Spill Response Technology. The aim will be to ensure maximum effectiveness with minimum use of dispersants.

                    Since Macondo, one of OGP’s top priorities has been to build a framework that will assist members in participating in local, regional or global mutual aid efforts. As part of this, by the end of March this year a dedicated group, working to agreed principles for responding and assisting operators, is aiming to have such a proposal in place.

                    This is involving coordination among several stakeholders, including SWRP, IPIECA and API as well links with important service companies.

                    As the report concludes: "The upstream oil and gas industry as typified by OGP members, is in the process of transforming itself. By implementing the GIRG recommendations, we are significantly improving the ability to prevent major offshore incidents."

                    "This work, together with continuing progress in intervention and response, is key to OGP members’ determination to produce oil and gas more safely and sustainably than ever before."

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                      Re: Deepwater Horizon

                      The Circus has commenced!!!
                      The three main culprits in the Deepwater Horizon accident is in court and, predictably, try to blame each other: http://www.rigzone.com/news/article....aign=feature_1
                      Fines in the Billions of $$$ has already been accepted and eventually this case will probably be settled "Out of Court".
                      After that, all kinds of individual and Class Action claims will surface.
                      This will keep a lot of Lawyers fat and happy for many years to come.

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                        Just a question; does anybody know how the prawning, fishing and bird life along the Gulf Coast is faring now???

                        In Kuwait, after the 1992 war and the largest oil spill in history, the next prawning season was the best in history.

                        PS> But there is one VERY big difference; in Kuwait they didn't use Dispersant, which cause the oil to sink below surface and is more dangerous to life in the sea than oil floating on the surface.
                        In deep water the oil may sink only part way, forming a layer at some depth below surface, killing mid-water fish species.
                        In shallow waters the oil sinks down to the bottom and reaches the bottom dwellers, like prawns and many species of fish. It covers their feeding ground and block oxygen to whatever is on or below the bottom. Fish eggs on the bottom also gets suffocated.
                        But of cause, the oil has "disappeared", at least where it can be seen, on the surface. Out of sight, out of mind.
                        Last edited by ombugge; March 7th, 2013, 10:17. Reason: Add PS

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                          Re: Deepwater Horizon

                          The circus continues: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-0...d-payouts.html


                          From Reuters:
                          As of Friday, more than 160,000 claims have been submitted under the Deepwater Horizon Economic and Property Damages Settlement, according to the settlement website, and a total of $1.87 billion of payments had been made on 27,488 claims.

                          The source of dispute is about the calculation of business economic losses, for which $743 million has been paid out on 4,461 claims, according to the website.

                          BP initially estimated the overall settlement bill at $7.8 billion, but the total is uncapped, and dependent on decisions made by Patrick Juneau, a Louisiana lawyer who administers the payments under complex rules set out by the agreement.
                          Apparently some claims come from people and businesses hundreds of miles from the affected area of the Gulf.

                          I will be making my claim soon, having been traumatized and lost revenue by spending hours and hours watching oil gushing from the wellhead at 1500 m. water depth in the Gulf of Mexico.

                          This was made possible by BP allowing direct feed from all ROVs and cameras to anywhere in the world, incl. here in Singapore. They must thus be held responsible.

                          If I find the right (unscrupulous) Lawyer, I should be able to claim a few USD Mill. on a 60/40 basis. Retirement is secured.
                          Last edited by ombugge; April 6th, 2013, 09:51.

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                            Re: Deepwater Horizon

                            Great post ombugge… pity the Seagull Smile of the Day Award doesn’t come with a big fat cheque either!!!!!

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                              Re: Deepwater Horizon

                              I'm not going to tell you "I told you so", but I did.
                              The circus continue: http://www.rigzone.com/news/oil_gas/...Claims_Process
                              Lawyers have placed advertisement and placed billboards along the roads in Southern Louisiana, inviting people to place their claims for "the BP spill":

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                                Re: Deepwater Horizon

                                Your forthcoming retirement on the horizon now?
                                Ivy

                                "To thine own self be true.......
                                Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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