Headlines: DOI – nominations sought for Ocean Energy Safety Advisory Committee; White House – strategic action plans for ocean stewardship; and Australia – accident during medical evacuation.
January 24, 2011
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DOI – nominations sought for Ocean Energy Safety Advisory Committee
The Department of the Interior (DOI) issued a notice stating that it has established the Ocean Energy Safety Advisory Committee (OESAC) to provide advice on matters and actions relating to offshore energy safety, including, but not limited to, drilling and workplace safety, well intervention and containment, and oil spill response. Nominations for membership on the Committee should be submitted by February 23. 76 Fed. Reg. 4128 (January 24, 2011).
White House – strategic action plans for ocean stewardship
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy issued a notice stating that it intends to prepare Strategic Action Plans for the Nine Priority Objectives for Implementation of the National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes. Comments should be submitted by April 29. 76 Fed. Reg. 4139 (January 24, 2011).
Australia – accident during medical evacuation
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued a report stating that it investigated an accident that occurred during the 9 November 2009 medical evacuation of an ill crew member from a ship located about 132 km west of Horn Island, Queensland, Australia. A rescue crew officer and a paramedic were being winched down to the forecastle, when the helicopter’s winch cable became entangled in the mast on the forecastle. The cable separated and the two individuals suffered severe injuries when they fell 10 meters to the deck. Investigation revealed that the pilot had lost his hover reference during the operation, allowing the helicopter to drift toward the mast. (1/21/11).
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