Notice of order to Aker BP
The PSA has given Aker BP ASA notice of an order to obtain consent before using a W2W vessel for accommodation on Tambar.
The operator must obtain consent from the regulator at important milestones to ensure that good status points are established in their operations, and that the regulator has control over key decisions made by the operator.
A dialogue has been conducted by the PSA with Aker BP for a time, where the company has explained its plans to use a “walk-to-work” (W2W) vessel with a motion-compensated gangway for accommodating personnel due to carry out work on the normally unmanned Tambar facility.
The PSA takes the view that use of the vessel as described by Aker BP falls outside the current regulatory framework.
As the plans for the activity have been presented to the PSA, the main activity for the vessel will be accommodation rather than transport. Mobile units used for accommodation in the petroleum sector are to be regarded as facilities within the meaning of the Petroleum Act.
Notice of an order
Pursuant to section 29 of the framework regulations on application for consent, the PSA hereby gives notice of the following order:
Aker BP is ordered to obtain consent from the PSA before using a vessel for accommodating personnel who are to execute work on the Tambar facility.
The application for consent must contain the following details.
1. A description of the vessel’s design and systems for stability and positioning, based on chapter 6 of circular RSV 17-2016 from the Norwegian Maritime Authority, vessel category A and minimum DP class 2.
2. A description of how transport routes (gangways and possible cranes) between facility and vessel are designed to ensure that material handling and personnel traffic can take place in an efficient and prudent manner, based on the following references:
a) DNVGL-ST-0358 for strength dimensioning and attachment to the vessel
b) DNVGL-RU-SHIP, Part 6, Chapter 5, Section 16
c) Norsok R-002, chapters 1-5.
3. The results of an analysis of working environment conditions for personnel executing work on Tambar, including when they are on the vessel.
4. A statement from the elected union officers for the workers.
The application for consent must be submitted no later than three weeks before the planned start of the activity. Consent must have been obtained before the activity begins.
Possible comments on this notice must be received by the PSA no later than Friday 29 June 2018.
The background to and grounds for the notice of an order are explained in more detail in the attached letter.