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January 5, 2009

$725,000 fine in Bourbon Dolphin case

Norwegian authorities have imposed a fine of NOK 5 million ($725,000) on Bourbon Offshore Norway in relation to the April 12, 2007 loss of the AHTS Bourbon Dolphin off the Shetlands,

Eight people died in the incident, including its new captain, Oddner Arve Remøy, and his 14 year old son.

Though an official inquiry was unable to pinpoint any single technical human or technical error as the cause of the accident, Norway's TV2 prosecutor Bjørn Soknes, believes the new captain was given insufficient time to familiarize himself with the ship or its systems. He had only a half hour to acquaint himself with the boat, its crew and its demanding mission, TV2 reports prosecutors as saying.

Bourbon Offshore Norway has five days to accept the penalty or to contest it.

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