MAC tackles ‘Bourbon Dolphin’ sinking Case

by Hans | November 17th, 2009

Safety depends on everyone being on the same page, sometimes from the moment a vessel’s keel is laid suggests, the latest premium podcast from the Maritime Accident Casebook (MAC), “The Case of the Toppling Tug”. Based on the AHTS ‘Bourbon Dolphin’s’ capsize with the loss of eight lives on Friday April 12, 2007, in the Rosebank oilfield to the west of the Shetland Islands, Scotland, the two-part story explores the underlying causes of the incident and the importance of everyone understanding that what they do affects safety.

“‘Bourbon Dolphin’ and her eight crew, including the master’s 14 year-old, son were the victims of a system that didn’t quite work,” said writer-presenter Bob Couttie.

“It had an enormous impact on the offshore industry.  There were shortcomings at every level that, by themselves wouldn’t have caused a problem but taken together with the necessary conditions that tipped the balance led to an event that could have been avoided.

“The safety net of policies, regulations and procedures, that should have protected those aboard ‘Bourbon Dolphin’ from harm, failed. We hope that by telling the story it will highlight the need for everyone to be on the same page when it comes to safety.”

For further information contact:
Maritime Accident Casebook, UK


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