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Order following audit of Mærsk Giant related to accidental discharge prevention

Order: In the beginning of March, the PSA conducted an audit of Mærsk Giant, targeting Maersk Drilling Norge AS’ (Maersk’s) system for preventing accidental discharges. We have now issued an order to the company as previously notified.

The audit was based on requirements in Sections 1 and 2 of the Management Regulations, relating to risk reduction and barriers, respectively, and covered Maersk’s system for follow-up and management of equipment which can lead to accidental discharges, including:

  • hose stations
  • systems with hydraulic fluids
  • drainage systems
  • mud tanks
  • chemical storage
  • drilling equipment

One regulatory non-conformity was identified in connection with Maersk’s maintenance management on Maersk Giant, and another relating to the company’s follow-up and handling of non-conformities.

Several of the circumstances making up the basis for the non-conformities have previously been identified on other Maersk facilities, yet it seems none of these experiences have been utilised in following up Maersk Giant.

The non-conformities relate to:

  • Deficient maintenance management
  • Deficiencies in the system for follow-up and handling of non-conformities

Learn more: Notification of order following audit of Mærsk Giant related to accidental discharge prevention

Based on our findings during the audit and in accordance with the notification, the following order is issued:

Pursuant to Sections 20 and 21 of the Management Regulations, relating to handling non-conformities and follow-up, respectively, cf. Section 58 of the Framework Regulations relating to individual decisions, Maersk Drilling Norge AS is ordered to implement measures to ensure that technical, operational or organisational weaknesses, errors and faults on the company’s facilities are registered and followed up.

The deadline for complying with the order is set at 1 June 2010.

We must be notified when the order is satisfied.

Explanation of the terms "order" and "notification of order "
An order is an individual decision made pursuant to the regulations. Before we issue an order, we normally send a "notification of order" to the affected companies.

A notification of order is neither a policy instrument nor a warning of sanctions, but rather a step in a process subject to formal rules. The notification is merely a first step before an individual decision is issued.

An order is a powerful preventive policy instrument which has a binding legal impact on the recipient.

Read more about order and notification of order

Contact information
Øyvind Midttun, Press contact
E-mail Oyvind.Midttun@ptil.no
Tel. +47 945 06 203