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Order following audit of maintenance management - Seawell

In February 2011, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of maintenance management in the cable operations department at Seawell Norway AS (Seawell). We have now issued an order to the company as previously notified.


The audit, which was carried out during the period 21-22 February 2011, identified several nonconformities in relation to the regulations. The nonconformities were gathered under the following main areas:

  • governing documents
  • documentation of classification and other chosen solutions
  • deficient documentation
  • tagging and classification of systems and equipment
  • use of classification as a basis for the maintenance program
  • maintenance efficiency
  • expertise

On this basis, the PSA issued the company a notification of order.

Read more: Notification of order following audit of maintenance management in Seawell

In concurrence with the notification, the following order has been issued to Seawell:
Pursuant to Section 69 of the Framework Regulations regarding administrative decisions, cf. Section 6 of the Management Regulations regarding management of health, safety and the environment, cf. Section 20 of the Activities Regulations regarding start-up and operation of facilities, cf. Section 23 of the Framework Regulations regarding general requirements for materials and information, cf. Section 24 of the Framework Regulations regarding use of recognised standards, cf. Sections 45-51 of Chapter IX of the Activities Regulations regarding maintenance, Seawell AS is ordered to prepare a binding and scheduled plan for ensuring preparation of governing documents that ensure and document that maintenance management is carried out in a prudent manner, cf. the report, nonconformities 5.1.1, 5.1.2 and 5.1.3.

Pursuant to Section 69 of the Framework Regulations regarding administrative decisions, cf. Sections 45-51 of Chapter IX of the Activities Regulations regarding maintenance, cf. Section 10 of the Facilities Regulations regarding facilities, systems and equipment (tagging), cf. Section 19 of the Management Regulations regarding collection, processing and use of data, Seawell AS is ordered to prepare a binding and scheduled plan for ensuring that necessary maintenance is carried out, including tagging and classification, preparation of a maintenance program and measurement of maintenance efficiency, cf. the report, nonconformities 5.1.4, 5.1.5 and 5.1.6.

Pursuant to Section 69 of the Framework Regulations relating to administrative decisions, cf. Section 14 of the Management Regulations relating to manning and expertise, cf. Section 21 of the Activities Regulations relating to expertise, Seawell AS is ordered to prepare a binding and scheduled plan for ensuring that the company has the necessary regulatory expertise, cf. the report, nonconformity 5.1.7.

The deadline for complying with the order is 1 April 2011. We must be notified when the order has been carried out.

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