Notification of order - Requirement for overall assessment of means of evacuation

The PSA has issued a notification of order to Odfjell Drilling AS (Odfjell) and Seadrill Management AS (Seadrill) to carry out an overall assessment of means of evacuation.


In April of this year, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) issued a notification of order to 22 operating companies and shipping companies relating to carrying out an overall assessment of means of evacuation and to establish an action plan to remedy any deficiencies. In June, the PSA received responses from the companies, which all confirmed that such a plan had been prepared. Therefore, there was no basis for an order.

Read more: Requirement for an overall assessment of means of evacuation - feedback regarding notification of order

Subsequently, meetings have been held with a limited number of players to follow up the answers received. Among other things, meetings were held with the drilling contractors Odfjell and Seadrill.

Odfjell
During the meeting with Odfjell we learned e.g. that the company has not assessed the propulsion of each individual lifeboat on each of the facilities it is responsible for. This analysis is key in evaluating whether a lifeboat can be considered accessible so that it complies with requirements in Section 68 litera d of the Activities Regulations.

Seadrill
Following the meeting with Seadrill, we concluded that the planned measures appear inadequate to achieve a comprehensive overview of the field and safeguard the necessary measures before the winter season. For example, propulsion and operational limitations for conventional boats have not been assessed, and MOB-boats have not been included in the assessment.

Not carried out
On this basis, it is the PSA's assessment that Odfjell and Seadrill have not carried out an overall assessment of means of evacuation, cf. notification of order dated 23 April 2010.
In this connection, the PSA also references interpretations dated 26 May 2010, Evacuation and means of evacuation – supplementary information on the regulations. The document provides detailed information on the interpretation of available lifeboats and handling of situations where lifeboats or lifeboat seats are unavailable.

Read more: Evacuation and means of evacuation – supplementary information on the regulations (In Norwegian, pdf)

On this basis, we are issuing the following notification of order:

Notification of order to Odfjell:

”Pursuant to Section 68 of the Activities Regulations relating to handling of hazard and accident situations, Section 8 of the Framework Regulations relating to prudent operations and Section 17 first subsection of the Framework Regulations relating to general requirements for materials and information, cf. Section 58 of the Framework Regulations relating to individual decisions, Odfjell Drilling is ordered to:

1. With a basis in information from project work in OLF and NR as well as Norsok R-002, to carry out a documented overall assessment of the opportunities for evacuation from its own facilities compared with regulatory requirements and seen in light of the information and knowledge that has emerged in the afore-mentioned the projects, including an analysis of propulsion for each lifeboat on each facility that Odfjell is responsible for.

2. Establish a schedule with measures for improving conditions identified in Item 1, which are not in accordance with regulatory requirements.

The action plan with necessary compensating measures shall be developed so as to bring the responsible party into compliance with the afore-mentioned regulatory requirements for evacuation before the coming winter season and safeguard the requirements related to quickly and efficiently evacuating the facilities' personnel at any given time and under any conditions in a safe manner.

The deadline for complying with the order is set at 31 August 2010.

Notification of order to Seadrill:

Pursuant to Section 68 of the Activities Regulations relating to handling of hazard and accident situations, Section 8 of the Framework Regulations relating to prudent operations and Section 17 first subsection of the Framework Regulations relating to general requirements for materials and information, cf. Section 58 of the Framework Regulations relating to individual decisions, Seadrill is ordered to:

1. With a basis in information from project work in OLF and NR as well as Norsok R-002, to carry out a documented overall assessment of the opportunities for evacuation from its own facilities compared with regulatory requirements and seen in light of the information and knowledge that has emerged in the afore-mentioned the projects.

2. Establish a schedule with measures for improving conditions identified in Item 1, which are not in accordance with regulatory requirements.

The action plan with necessary compensating measures shall be developed so as to bring the responsible party into compliance with the afore-mentioned regulatory requirements for evacuation before the coming winter season, and safeguard the requirements related to quickly and efficiently evacuating the facilities' personnel at any given time and under any conditions in a safe manner.

The deadline for complying with the order is set at 31 August 2010.

Order and notification of order
An order is a administrative decision made pursuant to the regulations.

Before the PSA makes an order, it usually issues a notification of order to the companies concerned.

A notification of order is neither a measure nor a warning of sanctions, but part of the PSA’s administrative process as specified in its established procedural rules.

The notification is merely a first step before an administrative decision is made.

 

Øyvind Midttun, Press contact
Email: oyvind.midttun@ptil.no | +47 51 87 34 77