The Ocean Ranger Disaster

John Price


The OCEAN RANGER was the worlds largest mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU) when it capsized and sank off the coast of Newfoundland in February 15, 1982. 84 lives were lost that day. This loss was not a catastrophic failure; but a combination of several small, preventable factors. Post-accident studies, investigations and commissions have made several recommendations for improvements to safety in the Newfoundland and global offshore industries; some have been implemented and some have not.
This case study explores how the OCEAN RANGER was lost, the lessons learned, recommendations made since the disaster, and the overall impact on the offshore oil and gas industry

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