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Offshore Risk Assessment published

The 4th Edition of the Offshore Risk Assessment was published by springer around 1st October 2019, marking the 20 year aniversary for the publication of the 1st Edition in 1999. A new chapter on Normally Unmanned Installations (NUI), also covering the future Unmanned Production Platform (UPP), is the significant extension of the manuscript, in addition … Continue Reading »

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Construction and service vessels on NCS

Several interesting reports have been published this summer relating to construction and service vessels on the Norwegian Continental shelf, mainly engaged in underwater construction and maintenance. A tripartite working group under leadership of Ministry of work and Social affairs published its report in July, demonstrating that the employers and workers’ unions do not at all … Continue Reading »

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Offshore Risk Assessment – New Edition

The book Offshore Risk Assessment (Springer) now has had a life of 20 years, since first publication in 1999. The Second Edition was published in 2007 and the Third Edition was published in 2013. While the two first editions were published in hard copy only, e-book and hard copy have been available since the Third Edition. Especially the electronic option has contributed to increased sales in the later years, but sales has been quite good in all 20 years.

The updated and revised manuscript for the Fourth Edition was submitted to the publishers just before Easter, with the book expected to appear in Third Quarter this year.

A new chapter on Normally Unmanned Installations (NUI), also covering the future Unmanned Production Platform (UPP), is the significant extension of the manuscript, in addition to numerous updatings of statistics and topics, see also a previous post.

The authors are grateful for the financial support from Dept of Marine Technology (NTNU), who financed a summer student in 2018 to assist in the manuscript preparation.

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Study urgently needed

Professors Ingrid B Utne and Jan Erik Vinnem, NTNU, have sent a letter to the Prime minister of Norway to propose that safety and emergency preparedness of the cruise traffic along the Norwegian coast should be studied in order to establish how this can be organized in a safe and sustainable manner. This follows a … Continue Reading »

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Cruising along the Norwegian coast?

The article about the need to rethink cruise ships safety along the Norwegian coast in winter months in Dagens Næringsliv has cought some wide spread interest. The article was republished by several others papers. The interview in Klassekampen (in Norwegian, login required) was perhaps the most interesting. A follow-up article by Professors Utne & Vinnem … Continue Reading »

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Safety in the marine world?

The very close call with the cruise vessel Viking Sky outside Hustadvika on 23rh March pinpoints a new challenge for Norway, whereby cruise vessels are not restricted to summer months and venture far North (Viking Sky had been to Alta). If Viking Sky had grounded on Hustadvika, we would probably have seen more deaths than … Continue Reading »

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Norwegian Minister for Public Security

Just over half a year ago, I proposed that we needed “a new Kåre Willoch”, in order to reemphasize the focus on the need for a Ministry of Safety and Emergency. Today with the new government, we got it half way! We have got a new Minister for public security, but the responsibility for preventive … Continue Reading »

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PSA auditted

The Auditor General’s report on the supervisory practices of PSA was presented in mid January 2019 (report in Norwegian). PSA was severely criticised for not choosing practices which ensure that the industry complies with the regulations, based on detailed assessment of 4 cases (Goliat, Songa Endurence, Mongstad, Nyhamna). PSA has commented that they already have … Continue Reading »

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Do we not need more HES research in offshore petroleum?

There has been no new funding of HES (Health, Environment and Safety) research projects from the Norwegian Research Council in 2018, and according to the published plans for 2019, no new budgets for HES projects in 2019. After 2012, there were no new budget for HES research until 2017, which is so far the last … Continue Reading »

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Should Equinor withdraw from Gulf of Mexico operations?

Professors Ingrid B. Utne and Jan Erik Vinnem have published a chronicle (in Norwegian) in Dagens Næringsliv (link) proposing that Equinor should withdraw from petroleum operations in the Gulf of Mexico. The actions taken after the Macondo disaster were few, and now some of these are being withdrawn by the President. This appears to completely … Continue Reading »

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