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Logistics and emergency preparedness: Collaboration is all

Close attention is being paid by the PSA to the way the players are coordinating their activities and jointly developing optimum emergency preparedness in the far north. Going solo is out of the question when moving into the new areas of the NCS.

Svein Anders Eriksson, head of logistics and emergency preparednes
Svein Anders Eriksson, head of logistics and emergency preparednes

The PSA’s logistics and emergency preparedness discipline embraces all systems, equipment, components and work processes – technical, operational and/or organisational – involved in mechanical handling, diving-assisted operations, and emergency preparedness. That includes preparedness against deliberate attacks.

This also embraces logistics and transport for personnel and goods, including helicopters and vessels, emergency response organisation, and safety and emergency preparedness training.

The discipline has a special responsibility for managing the PSA’s emergency response centre.

Resources available for emergency response in the Barents Sea are limited. These waters cannot be compared with other parts of the NCS where petroleum operations are conducted. They are characterised by big distances and few vessels or helicopters.

“We’ll be devoting particular attention in the time to come to emergency preparedness analyses and plans for activity in the Barents Sea,” says Svein Anders Eriksson, head of logistics and emergency preparedness at the PSA.

“The focus will be on regulations and the need for rescue equipment, and a key word in this context is collaboration.

“We’ll also be looking at the way the responsible players choose and plan to cooperate over available response resources, and coordinate their activities to take account of the latter.

“That means learning about risk and uncertainty factors and the industry’s experience, so that optimum emergency preparedness is developed for far northern activities – and for outer parts of the Norwegian Sea, because of their distance from land.”

The PSA will be assessing the necessity for and effect of collaboration with emergency preparedness for operations far out to sea, particularly in the Norwegian and Barents Seas.

This project will cover such issues as reducing risk in medical evacuation, escape from facilities and rescue of people in the sea – both around facilities and along transport routes.

“Based on our findings, we’ll assess the need to introduce common guidelines for collaboration and coordination of preparedness in areas far from land,” says Eriksson.

Purposeful efforts will also be made to identify the need for winterisation of facilities used in the far north, and to set requirements for this.

“In addition, we’ll be working with the risk picture for diver-assisted operations in far northern waters,” Eriksson reports.

“It’s important to look at available information on earlier diving operations and other relevant data from activity in this part of the NCS.

“We need to acquire overall knowledge of diving experience in order to assess company routines and procedures for this activity in northern/Arctic areas.

“To have a coherent picture of the risk, we need an understanding of technical, operational, health-related and working environment issues.”