PERTH, Western Australia -- A near-miss incident has prompted Australia's National Offshore Petroleum Safety Authority (NOPSA) to issue a safety alert to offshore operators of the need for a Cyclone Response Procedure.
A construction vessel weathered a cyclone because "its operator failed to put in place preparations to retrieve anchors and evacuate from its location in a timely manner," says NOPSA. No injuries were reported.
Elements recommended for a response procedure include:
- Designation of safe mooring areas
- Escape route/sail away restrictions
- Responses incorporating worst-case weather forecasts
- Helicopter availability
- Required evacuation preparation times for key activities.