New Offshore Oil and Gas Installations Security



BOOK REVIEW

OFFSHORE OIL AND GAS INSTALLATIONS SECURITY
An International Perspective

By Mikhail Kashubsky

ISBN: 978 0 41570 730 5

Informa Law
From Routledge

www.informa.com

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OIL AND GAS INSTALLATIONS: A TARGET FOR TERROR AND A LEGAL CHALLENGE

An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers

We live in an age of terror — and the terror of attacks on the innocent — and also the terror of attacks on specific targets vital to the world economy. Particularly vulnerable worldwide are offshore oil and gas installations – hence the need for this timely legal text from Informa Law: ‘Offshore Oil and Gas Installations Security’.

A recent addition to Informa’s Marine and Transport Law Library, this is rather a terrific book. Yes, it will be of abiding interest to international and environmental lawyers, but the clarity of the author’s prose style will make it accessible, not to mention fascinating, to everybody and anybody interested in this subject which, according to author Mikhail Kashubsky, has hitherto been surprisingly neglected.

‘The main reason for writing the book,’ says Kashubsky, ‘was to fill a specific gap in the literature and provide a useful resource for anyone interested in security issues pertaining to offshore petroleum installations’.

As the self-explanatory title indicates, the book (which started life as a PhD thesis) deals with the increasingly complex issues relating specifically to protecting and maintaining the security of offshore petroleum installations, which include both oil and gas.

Writing in the Foreword, marine and shipping expert Dr. Michael White QC of the University of Queensland remarks that the complex legal questions emanating from offshore security issues are international in nature. So it is useful that part of the book’s remit is to deal with the international conventions and the cases that have come before the international courts. In identifying the targets most likely to be attacked, the book explores in detail the regulatory framework and the industry responses to the risks from criminal and/or terrorist violence.

The urgency of the topic and the need for a detailed study of it has become apparent in the wake of the alarmingly increase in terrorist attacks. ‘Oil and natural gas,’ says the author, ‘account for over 60 per cent of the world’s energy supply, one third of which comes from the offshore sector.’

Lawyers, as well as risk management professionals and those doing research into this important subject have — at last, access to a wealth of research resources contained in this one volume. In addition to the copious footnoting, note the selected bibliography and the illuminating appendix of almost — good grief! — 50 pages in length containing tables of attacks on offshore installations dating from 1975 to 2014, (although there was a previous incident in 1899). With its detailed table of contents and index, the book is easy to navigate – and there’s a useful and lengthy list of abbreviations and acronyms and a table of conventions.

As it summarises the law of the sea as it pertains to offshore zones which are particularly vulnerable, the book will also prove immensely useful for policy makers in government and those professionally involved in the marine and petroleum industries worldwide. Certainly, it should be in every international lawyer’s professional library.

The publication date is cited as at 2016.

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3 comments

  1. I would welcome Mr Kashubsky contacting me with regard to the content of his book and perhaps discussing a further point that may not have been addressed but which in fact is an extremely real threat.

    As a Marine Warranty Surveyor, we are given access to ALL documentation and information including geographical location of asset and sub sea piplelines, telemetry and communications when witnessing the events on the behalf of Underwriter.

    However, what would be the effect of say one particular company using the services of Surveyors that they assure their clients are "bona fide" employees, and then state after the contract is completed, that were in fact "not employees" thus leaving them not bound by contract nor agreement for non disclosure or confidentiality?

    I am sure you must think that this cannot happen, however there are those that need to be shown up for what they indeed are doing, and furthermore it would be my opinion that they need to be hauled before the Courts.

    I recently finished a $1.3 billion dollar offshore project, and I have retained two years of extremely sensitive client information data, photographs and video, including installation criteria, dimensional and geographical location to within a few inches.

    I can only legally return this to my employer…yet apparently I did not have one?? I suggest consideration be given to a scenario of one dragging anchor in the middle of the night could be catastrophic and not just for the environment.

    So who poses the greatest risk to security on offshore oil and gas installations? Maybe certain Marine Warranty Companies should be investigated?

    If you would like to contact me or send me a private email, I would be only too pleased to show you how they do it, and to be fair, someone should be held to account.

    Email: [email protected]

  2. Nicki LovesDogs

    Go green.

  3. Mikhail Kashubsky

    Thank you for the review Phillip! You did pronounce my name correctly!
    Regards Mikhail

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