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DISASTER IN THE MAKING By Tony Bedaisee

posted 2 Dec 2016, 07:07 by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 2 Dec 2016, 07:10 ]
Tony Bedaisee is a Trinmar worker and a published poet
It is my understanding that the Sara P captained by a new guy hit a well in the Main field of Trinmar's Soldado offshore operations.

It has also been reported that at least one comrade, an operator, was injured. I sincerely hope that his injuries and those of any other persons involved are not life threatening. May he/she make a full recovery!

I also hope that there is no major damage to our structure and that no oil has been spilled.

It is just one of the risks we face on a daily basis; compounded by the fact that some of the experienced captains who dared stand up to their employers demanding the correct rates, have been left home.

It also gives credence to my warnings earlier. I had identified the fact that we were playing Russian roulette with the lives of our workers; that we were courting a major disaster as Petrotrin continues to maintain its hands off approach to the issues.

The fact is that IOCL workers remain on strike with no new offer being made by their employer, other than to say that he isn't making any money. The fact is that we now have vessels being crewed by people unfamiliar with the fields. These same people are being overworked, running for long hours without rest, working day in and day out without rest days - simply to put the strangle hold on the striking workers. We are indeed heading for a major disaster.

Now there has to be an investigation. Now we are one boat less in the fields as the Sara P will have to be parked up until the investigation is completed. Then it may be further kept out of the operations in order to conduct repairs.

Statistics will tell you that after a certain amount of lost time accidents and near misses, a fatality normally follows. According to those same statistics we are long overdue. Add to that the facts as stated above with respect to the inexperienced crews and overworked employees and our risk factor multiplies.

One hopes that the relevant authorities, OSH, Nav Safety and HSE conduct the relevant investigations in a thorough manner. One hopes that a proper Root Cause Failure Analysis is performed and that the results be made known to us
the employees.
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