[QUOTE=cmjeff;34846]Attached is an older (it’s what I have with me) version of Transocean’s “Designation of PIC” letter that is posted on the bridge of every Tranoscean rig. It is Transocean’s official policy regarding who is in charge and when for that vessel.
But, I’m sorry, bnhpr, Orniphobe and the letter all all wrong. It’s not the Captain or OIM, it’s the Rig Manager that’s in charge and anyone who says otherwise is clueless.
That they hearing committee did not question him (I don’t even know his name) is nuts.
(Orniphobe: can you upload that court ruling as an attachment, I’d like to take a look)[/QUOTE]
Two roosters, one henhouse…recipe for disaster.
How does the crew know whos “in charge” at any point in time?
Does the well have to be secured before change of command?
Lots of interpretation there. I expect the USCG to eat them alive.
Sounds like the subsea engineer finally gave up on trying to figure out who was in command, and hit the button himself.
[B]Testimony of Chris Pleasant, Transocean, subsea supervisor:[/B]
Chris Granger / The Times-PicayuneMembers of the Deepwater Horizon Joint Investigation team, from left, are: Lt. Robert Butts, USCG; Ross Wheatley, USCG; Capt. Hung Nguyen, USCG; David Dykes, MMS; Jason Mathews, MMS; and John McCarroll, MMS.
Moments after explosions rang out and set the Deepwater Horizon on fire April 20, the man in charge of the blowout preventer that’s supposed to close the well on the sea floor said he asked the captain to hit an emergency disconnect system.
“Calm down! We’re not EDS’ing,” Capt. Curt Kuchta told subsea engineer Chris Pleasant, according to Pleasant’s testimony Friday before a Marine Board panel investigating the incident.
But about 30 seconds later, with total chaos on the rig, Pleasant decided on his own to hit the emergency button, which would trigger the blowout preventer’s shear rams to close the well and unhitch the rig. It didn’t work.
“It went through the sequence at the panel, but it (the signal to disconnect) never left the panel. I had no hydraulics,” Pleasant recalled.
He said it was about four or five minutes later when Kuchta decided it was time to get the rig off the well.
"The captain asks Daun Winslow (a visiting Transocean official), ‘Do we EDS?’ The captain comes over and tells me to EDS, not knowing I already hit the button."
Pleasant said he had the authority to activate the emergency disconnect.
“I am the authority,” he said. “It’s my equipment.”