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Order to Transocean

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has issued an order to Transocean Offshore Ltd (Transocean) following an audit of the management of emergency preparedness and logistics on Transocean Spitsbergen.




This supervisory activity on the mobile drilling unit was conducted between 29 January and 2 February 2018.

The audit identified a number of breaches of the regulations in the emergency preparedness and logistics discipline area. A number of these nonconformities related to conditions identified during audits of other Transocean facilities.

On the basis of the findings made in the audit, the PSA gave Transocean notice of an order: Notice of order to Transocean (14.3.2018)

Pursuant to that notice, Transocean has now been given the following order.
Pursuant to section 69 of the framework regulations on administrative decisions, see sections 6, 21 and 22 of the management regulations on management of health, safety and the environment, on follow-up and on handling of nonconformities respectively, Transocean is ordered to implement the following measures.

  1. Review the company’s management system, with associated work processes, which is intended to ensure the correction of technical, operational and organisational faults and deficiencies. This work must include an assessment of why observations from audits of logistics and emergency preparedness on other Transocean facilities have not been identified and corrected on Transocean Spitsbergen.
  2. Implement measures to ensure that results and learning which follow from the order cover all facilities for which Transocean is responsible in Norway.

A scheduled plan for complying with this order must be submitted to us by 11 April 2018. This plan must describe how the work is to be carried out and followed up, and when the order will be complied with.

Explanation of the terms “order” and “notice of order”
An order is an administrative decision made pursuant to the regulations. Before the PSA issues an order, it generally sends a "notice of order" to the affected companies.

A notice of order is neither an instrument nor a notice of sanctions, but a step in the PSA’s administrative process in which it requests the party to assess the factual basis. The notice is only a first step before an administrative decision is made.

An order is a strongly preventive instrument which is legally binding on the recipient.

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