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Fire on the Horizon: The Untold Story of the Gulf Oil Disaster Hardcover – March 1, 2011
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Fire on the Horizon is a fascinating look at a little-understood industry and a fast-paced and emotional story of the efforts to save the Deepwater Horizon. The authors’ account of the workers’ race to save themselves is thrilling and suspenseful, and yet the book is also a sensitive account of the lives forever changed. Miami Herald
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Konrad, a veteran oil rig captain, teams up with Shroder (Old Souls) to offer a thorough but plodding look at the "little-understood culture of offshore drilling." Starting in Korea with the construction of the Deepwater Horizon in 2000, the authors leapfrog through time and around the globe to explain the history and mechanics of oil rig life and offshore drilling. Profiles of the (mostly) men who work the rigs shed light on the class tensions aboard as well as on the personalities, educations, and customs of this special set of modern-day mariners. Konrad had close friends on the Horizon and the final chapters are an affecting blend of their firsthand accounts of the explosion. The authors suggest that oil rig blowouts are inevitable: while Transocean Ltd., owner of the Horizon and the world's biggest offshore drilling company, does what it can to prevent common safety hazards, the high cost of delays in the offshore oil business (use of the Horizon was costing BP a minute) encourages management to postpone the maintenance of essential equipment. While informative and undeniably important, the book is so bogged down by clunky prose and jargon that it's difficult to mine its message. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Also brought to light was the disconnect between what folks working on the beach and the folks working the rigs and the workboats consider to be a safe working environment. The most dangerous example I found was the fact that the rig personnel were not allowed to carry knives, so when they needed one to cut their liferaft loose they were unable to do so. Mariners forbidden to carry knives?! Really.
This book let's you smell the salt air, the diesel fumes; feel the stress and external corporate pressures; get blown across the deck by the exploding gas, and agonize over the loss of eleven hard working oilfield personnel.
If you're a sailor you'll love this book. If you've never seen the sea you'll love this book while you learn much about the blowout. It is authentic because Konrad knows the people, equipment, and companies involved. Who better to tell the story?
I've been working for a short time on the offshore business, but I've always been a big fan of journalistic accounts of true facts (i.e. "Barbarians at the Gate", "Too Big To Fail", "And the Band Played on" and so forth) and, since I've started working offshore, by chance on a well belonging to BP, I became a fast and avid reader of accounts of the Horizon disaster.
All I can say is, in my modest opinion, this book is by far the best written on the subject. Not only because it tells the story as a whole and does not place blame on specific individuals or, again in my opinion, companies, but in circumstances that escalated up to the tragedy, but also because anybody can understand it.
It explains the enormous diversity of different equipment, departments, hierarchical positions and people, from any and all walks of life, that constitute an oil rig.
It was also written in way that captures your attention and you just can't put it down.
Truly excellent and a certain "read again" item.
Tells the real story of how a company would not keep their facility working correctly and then tyying to hid it