Dr. Myrto Konstandinidou is a chemical Engineer with a PhD in Industrial Safety. She has more than 15 years’ experience in Quantified Risk Assessment, Consequence Modeling, and Human Reliability Analysis. She has provided scientific support to the European Directive 2013/30/EU on “Safety of offshore oil and gas prospection, exploration and production activities” and acted as Technical secretariat of the EU Offshore Authorities Group for the identification of established safety technologies and risk management practices in the offshore oil and gas industry, as well as participating in research projects aiming at improving safety in the offshore industry.
Following the catastrophic accident of 20 April 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico, where an explosion on drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, caused the death of 11 workers, severe injuries to many others and massive sea pollution from the release of 5 million barrels of crude oil, the European Commission responded by issuing the Directive 2013/30/EU on “Safety of offshore oil and gas operations” which makes provisions – amongst others – on transparency and sharing of information on incidents. There seems to be a unanimous agreement that information exchange on past incidents is of paramount importance for preventing the recurrence of similar accidents.