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    Bourbon Dolphin survived previous near-capsize

    News // June 22, 2007

    The anchor handler Bourbon Dolphin, which capsized off Shetland with the loss of eight lives in April, almost capsized on a previous occassion, last December, it has emerged.

    According to a report on BBC News Online, the disclosure was made during an inquiry in Alesund, Norway, set up to examine what led to the Bourbon Dolphin to capsize.

    Said the BBC report: "On Monday the commission heard evidence from Trond Myklebust, managing director of Bourbon Offshore in Norway. He said the decision on whether or not a vessel was suitable for a job rested with the contractor, not with his company."

    "Mr Myklebust admitted that he had since been told that the Bourbon Dolphin was 'marginal' for the job at the Chevron oil platform and that he now knew it was not the first or even second choice of vessel," the report said.

    The inquiry continues.


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