HOUSTON – The Center for Offshore Safety has found that there were no fatalities or losses of well control in the Gulf of Mexico based on 2013 data collected from operators. The first-ever such report by the COS also that found no oil spills of 238 bbl or more were reported in GoM deepwater operations by reporting members.
The most common incidents were involved with mechanical lifting. Participating companies did report five Tier 1 process safety events and two incidents causing at least $1 million direct damage to a facility, vessel, or equipment.
Seven of the COS participating members that owned facilities and equipment reported a combined completion of planned critical maintenance, inspections, and testing on time of 96.3%, ranging from 90.5% to 100.0%
COS will use the report’s findings as a baseline for year-to-year comparisons to track improvement or regression.