Shoutout – HAZOP Talk 2021-05

May 4, 2021

I am presenting my annual Ramadhan talk under the auspices of IEM. It will be at 9.00pm, on the 8th (Saturday). Sign up here.

Shoutout – HAZOP Talk 2021-02

February 22, 2021

I am presenting a talk under the auspices of MOGEC. It will be at 5.30pm, on the 25th (Thursday). So, suitable for everyone west of Indonesia. Sign up here.

Marine Dept to ensure probe into Dayang Topaz accident runs smoothly

December 10, 2020

It’s been a while. How big is that carpet, all this is swept under? Which hotshot’s children are being protected? It happened on Oct 27th, btw.

Dateline 2020-11-12:

The Malaysian Marine Department will ensure that the investigation into the MV Dayang Topaz accident incident runs smoothly.

Corporate Unit of the department in a statement today said the investigation team had gathered evidence from the vessel’s Voyage Data Recorder to complete the investigation on the Oct 27 incident which claimed the lives of two crewmen.

“The department has ensured all factors contributing to the occurrence of this accident are in detail and actions are taken to ensure the investigation runs smoothly,” said the statement.

The visit restrictions on board of MV Dayang Topaz had been lifted on Nov 6 to give way to third parties and Petronas to inspect the maintenance vessel.

One dead, more than 100 rescued in Malaysia oil rig collision

November 16, 2020

Dateline 2020-10-27, AlJazeera:

A crew member of a Malaysian offshore support vessel has drowned after his ship collided with the oil rig it was servicing off Malaysian Borneo in poor weather, the coastguard said on Tuesday, but more than 100 other sailors were rescued.

The ship, the Dayang Topaz, rammed into the beramB oil platform after its anchor cable broke, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) chief Mohamad Zubil Mat Som said in a statement.

Incident At PETRONAS LNG Complex In Sarawak

September 29, 2020

Dateline 2020-09-01,

Malaysia LNG Sdn. Bhd. (MLNG) wishes to confirm that an incident involving one fatality and one injury had occurred at PETRONAS LNG Complex, Sarawak at approximately 2pm on 31 August 2020. The incident occurred at the Acid Gas Removal Unit (AGRU) drain containment which is currently under maintenance. Both contractors were sent immediately to the hospital where it was confirmed that one of the contractors had passed away while the injured contractor is currently receiving medical treatment. 
Investigation is currently being carried out and all relevant authorities have been informed of the incident. The operations at PETRONAS LNG Complex remains unaffected and further information with regard to the investigation outcome will be provided in due course. 
MLNG is deeply saddened by the incident and we would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of the deceased.

Fire, explosion at Petronas’ oil refining complex at Pengerang

May 3, 2020

Dateline 2020-03-16, The Edge:

A fire and explosion occurred at the Pengerang refining and petrochemicals complex in southern Malaysia, state news agency Bernama reported on Monday, citing the Petronas-Saudi Aramco joint venture that runs the operation.

The incident occurred on Sunday night and an emergency response team has been activated, Bernama reported.

“The situation is under control,” Bernama said, citing a statement. The news agency did not report any injuries or damage.

Petronas directed queries to the joint venture company Pengerang Refining and Petrochemical (PRefChem), which has not responded to a Reuters request for comment.

IEM E-Library : A Selection of Process Safety Books

January 8, 2020

If you sign up for online access to IEM (you should), you have access to useful books via the e-library. As an example, I present some books for the process safety enthusiast.

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Desmonstration – Swiss Cheese Model Failure.

January 1, 2020


Helium-filled balloons explode at fitness event in Putrajaya, 16 hurt

December 17, 2019

I put this in as a safety reminder, and a blatent example where in Malaysia, the press supports bad science and lack of fact checking. Please invite me to show you how helium can cause an enormous non-explosion.

Dateline 2019-10-12, Malay Mail:

There were anxious moments at Dataran Putrajaya this morning when helium gas inflated balloons used as props for a fitness event exploded, injuring 16 participants, including children.

Nine children and seven adults, some of whom were participants and the rest visitors, were hurt during the incident at the tail end of the Education Ministry’s 2019 National Sports Month event.

The victims, aged between four and their 30s, were rushed to the Putrajaya Hospital where some are still being treated at the Emergency and Trauma Department.

Malaysia fights to rein in blaze at Tipco oil storage facility

September 21, 2018

I thought the company involved was KBC?

Dateline 2018-07-06, Straits Times:

Fire and rescue officials are battling to contain a blaze at three oil storage tanks of the Tipco Asphalt refinery in Malaysia’s southern town of Kemaman, media said on Friday (July 6).

The fire, which began on Thursday, had spread to a third tank, the New Straits Times newspaper said on its website, adding that losses were expected to run into the millions of ringgit.

Authorities expect to douse the fire in the first two tanks by Friday afternoon, Malaysian media quoted Assistant Commissioner Azlimin Mat Noor, an official of the fire and rescue department in the state of Terengganu, as saying.