The audit activity was carried out with expert assistance from Telenor Maritime Radio, Radio Inspection, and took place while the facility was moored as a living quarters facility at the Ekofisk Complex.
This audit activity was related to follow-up of the Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) given to Polycrest for Port Rigmar on 30 May 2008. Later, the facility was sold to COSL Drilling and has been renamed, but Polycrest is still the facility's operating company.
The purpose of the audit was verify conditions regarding technical installations, maintenance and use of radio and telecommunications systems on the facility, assessed vis-à-vis Section 3 of the Framework Regulations, related to the application of maritime regulations in the petroleum regulations, cf. the Norwegian Maritime Directorate's Regulations of 16 December 1993 No. 1200 relating to the installation and use of radio equipment on mobile facilities (the Radio Regulations), other relevant regulations and national and international standards for mobile facilities.
We did not identify non-conformities, but we did identify five improvement items within the area of radio and telecommunications systems.
VHF in lifeboats
VHF alarm button not blocked in lifeboats
During the inspection, we found that the VHF device, type Icom IC gm-651, has a DSC (Digital Selective Calling) function with an alarm button that is not enabled. When the button is not blocked/shielded, this can cause misunderstandings.
VHF in MOB boat
Missing handheld VHF in MOB boat
During the inspection, we observed that the handheld VHF in a MOB boat was missing, and that the crew used an ordinary VHF during drills and training. New requirements for communication in MOB boat/fast MOB boat (Fast rescue craft) stipulate that an approved waterproof handheld VHF must be available. This is in addition to any mounted VHF.
Float-free Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB)
Inadequate maintenance of the float-free Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB)
During the inspection, we observed that the float-free EPIRB has been maintained on board in accordance with the time intervals for such maintenance. The float-free EPIRB must however, in accordance with international regulations, be sent in for land-based maintenance every five years.
Labelling of radio equipment
Labelling of radio equipment with correct names – “COSLRIGMAR”
During the inspection, we observed that radio equipment on the facility was labelled with the old name. Where labelling is relevant, emergency radio equipment must at all times be able to identify its appurtenant facility.
Inadequate quality of communication in connection with the use of cranes for deploying MOB boat
During the inspection in the crane, we observed that switching the VHF channel (from channel 9 to channel 73) during deployment of MOB boat seems unfortunate. During use, it would be “stuck” on channel 9. Furthermore, several facilities on Ekofisk use channel 73 in connection with crane operations. The risk of disturbances is obvious. Communication from cranes must able to take place without such disturbances.