Oz suffers FSO fatality

Australia’s offshore safety authority said it is investigating the country’s first offshore fatality in five years, with the recent death of a worker on board the floating storage and offloading vessel at the Legendre oilfield off Western Australia.

The death occurred on Christmas Eve on the FSO Karratha Spirit, operated by Teekay Shipping. The accident happened during disconnection of the vessel from its mooring buoy in response to the oncoming Tropical Cyclone Billy, said the National Offshore Petroleum Safety Authority (Nopsa). John Clegg, the chief executive of Nopsa, said the fatality was “a tragic reminder that health and safety must always remain the focus of our day-to-day work”. “This is the first fatality to occur in the Australian offshore petroleum industry for five years and with this in mind it is timely for the industry to focus on achieving its health and safety goals in the coming year. In particular, the industry needs to focus on supervision, training and competence, and implementation of safety systems,”

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