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FRC Crew Change Incident. NE Greenland Sept 2009. Background. Project Details : Crew was operating on a project in NE Greenland where helicopter crew changes were not an option. A vessel was contracted for resupply and crew change. Sequence of Events. Location: Offshore NE Greenland

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frc crew change incident

FRC Crew Change Incident

NE Greenland

Sept 2009

background
Background

Project Details:

  • Crew was operating on a project in NE Greenland where helicopter crew changes were not an option.
  • A vessel was contracted for resupply and crew change.
sequence of events
Sequence of Events

Location: Offshore NE Greenland

Time of Event: 19:40 Local Time

Sea Conditions: <1m swell

  • Seismic vessel transited into open water to facilitate the crew change between her and the resupply vessel.
  • The first transfer of personnel was performed with no problems or issues.
  • However, during the second transfer between the two vessels the FRC stalled and the engine could not be immediately restarted.
immediate actions taken
Immediate Actions Taken
  • The resupply vessel and chase boat were immediately contacted to render aid and ready their FRC’s for immediate deployment.
  • The resupply vessel was able to maneuver close to the FRC providing a lee and enabling the FRC to be secured alongside.
root causes
Root Causes
  • A residual of non-Arctic grade fuel was found to be in the fuel tank - which began to congeal in the sub-zero temperatures.
  • The congealed fuel clogged the fuel filter, limiting fuel flow to the engine - causing it to stall.
  • Lack of Management Control
    • Procedures not documented for preparing the FRC and Work Boat for Arctic Operations.
    • Management of Change not documented for small boat use variance from normal operating environments to arctic environment.
lessons learned
Lessons Learned
  • Update of small boat arctic procedures to include:
    • Fuel tanks must be completely drained prior to any work in the arctic and replaced with proper arctic grade fuel
  • Safety Alert on the incident distributed amongst Business Unit
  • Reinforcement of Management of Change Procedures
  • A more comprehensive selection of tools onboard the FRC were made available
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