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Final report into Deepwater Horizon criticises staff training and poor maintenance

The final report into the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill from the Deepwater Horizon platform has found that BP’s conduct “violated a number of federal offshore safety regulations” as did other connected companies Transocean and Halliburton.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement/U.S. Coast Guard Joint Investigation Team (JIT) yesterday released the report which covered the explosions, the fire, the evacuation, the flooding and sinking of the platform, and the safety systems of Deepwater Horizon and its owner-operator, Transocean.

“The investigation revealed numerous systems deficiencies, and acts and omissions by Transocean and its Deepwater Horizon crew, that had an adverse impact on the ability to prevent or limit the magnitude of the disaster,” the report said.

It continued by saying poor maintenance of electrical equipment could have contributed to the explosion and lack of training of personnel meant they were unable to shutdown engines and disconnect the mobile offshore drilling unit.


Further issues not in the scope of the report:

Four comments were received by the Coast Guard citing BP well design issues, however this could not be examined as it was outside the scope of the report.

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