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Order to Maersk Drilling Norge

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has issued an order to Maersk Drilling Norge (Maersk) following the investigation of the fatal accident of 7 December 2017.


The PSA’s investigation of the fatal accident of 7 December 2017 on Maersk Interceptor has identified serious shortcomings in systems and processes for materials handling.

Maersk Drilling Norge was accordingly given notice of an order on 21 December 2017.

In accordance with the notice, the following order has now been issued.

Pursuant to section 69 of the framework regulations on administrative decisions, see sections 6 and 21 of the management regulations on management of health, safety and the environment and on follow-up respectively, sections 13 and 69 of the facilities regulations on materials handling and on lifting appliances and lifting gear respectively, and sections 92 and 33 of the activities regulations on lifting operations and on organisation of work respectively, Maersk Drilling Norge AS is given the following order.

1. Review systems for follow-up and use of portable lifting equipment on all facilities in use on the Norwegian continental shelf, including internal control, training of personnel using such equipment and transferring experience with using such equipment.

2. Systematically identify and review all operations related to the materials handling process for the installation of seawater pumps on all facilities in use on the Norwegian continental shelf, identify risks and implement necessary measures.

The deadline for compliance with this order is set to 28 February 2018. Maersk Drilling Norge AS is requested to present a plan for complying with the order no later than 15 January 2018.

Eileen Brundtland, press contact
Email: eileen.brundtland@ptil.no | +47 51 87 35 12