Valaris Fined for Crane Collapse on Offshore Drill Ship

by | Dec 22, 2023 | Maritime Law

A subsidiary of Valaris has been fined £130,000 by an Aberdeen Court as a result of a March 31, 2016 incident on the Rowan Gorilla VII.  At the time, the vessel was in the North Sea conducting operations.  The crane was in operation when one of its legs failed, and the boom collapsed.  Debris from the crane fell into the North Sea and onto the deck of a nearby vessel which was pumping cement at the time, the Solvik Supplier.

Rowan Drilling pled guilty in the Aberdeen Court, to violating the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act of 1974.  In 2019, Rowan Drilling merged with Ensco, and changed its name to Valaris.

It can be dangerous to work in any industry when safety considerations are not taken seriously.  Safe offshore vessel owners and operators must ensure that their ships do not put the lives of hard working men and women at risk.  Safe companies must be proactive and take preventative measures, including regular maintenance and repairs, to also ensure that the environment is not impacted.

Even when a company has practices and procedures in place to prevent incidents like this, mishaps such as the one described above are cannot be completely eliminated.  All too often, human error and negligence are the reasons for these vessel collisions.  Whether it is due to poor judgment, a normalization of deviance from the proper procedures or a lack of proper rest and recovery, humans err and sometimes these errors result in the property damage, injury or death.  Operating modern sea vessels is not an inherently unsafe act as long as those responsible do so in such a manner that is not negligent. When the operation of sea vessels is conducted in a negligent manner, it does not take long for the situation to become dangerous.

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