On March 20th 2015 a major gas leak occurred on an oil platform in the North Sea. In total, over 1670 kg of gas leaked from a fractured steel pipe over the course of over 90 minutes without being detected by the flammable gas detection system on the platform. For the entire period, all areas of the platform were at an extremely high risk of explosion due to the dense presence of flammable gas. The leak was only discovered by the sense of smell of a worker on the platform over
Starting in 2018 new electrical regulations will come into effect concerning the use of intrinsically safe equipment, such as tablets, smartphones and cameras, in hazardous locations. These new regulations will affect the suppliers and manufacturers of equipment and devices, which are used in offshore and onshore Oil and Gas locations as well as the asset owner themselves. The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), who are responsible for maritime safety and security in the United States.