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Unformatted text preview: of the Marshall Islands. Foreign‐flagged vessels are subject to USCG “Certificate of Compliance” inspections. These inspections do not normally include testing of over‐speed devices unless there is some evidence to indicate that they might not function properly. One of the USCG inspectors who conducted the inspection of the Deepwater Horizon stated that the engine rooms and all machinery contained therein appeared to be well‐maintained. The inspector did not deem it necessary to test the rig’s over‐speed devices because: (1) as a foreign‐flagged vessel, inspection is not required; and (2) conducting any test of the over‐speed device could not be done without interrupting drilling operations. 3. Evidence Relating to the Engine Rooms as a Potential Ignition Source Engines number 3 and number 6 were online at the time of the blowout. The air intakes for engine room 3 were located approximately 60 feet from the rig floor in the center of the main deck. Personnel on the Deepwater Horizon testified about what the...
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This note was uploaded on 01/18/2014 for the course BEPP 305 taught by Professor Nini during the Fall '11 term at UPenn.

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