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AoC verification audit on Rowan Gorilla VI - emergency preparedness and maritime systems

The verification activity onboard the Rowan Gorilla VI was performed in the period 24 - 26th October 2007, while the facility was operating on the UK continental shelf. The activity was performed by personnel from the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA), with technical assistance from the Norwegian Maritime Directorate (NMD).


Background for the audit
Rowan Gorilla VI is a jack-up drilling facility. An application of compliance (AoC)for the facility has been submitted to the PSA prior to commencing work on the Norwegian continental shelf in 2008.

Purpose of the audit
The aim of the audit was to verify that factors related to emergency preparedness, life-saving equipment, fire-fighting equipment, helicopter deck, maritime technology including stability, water- and weather tight integrity were in accordance with regulatory requirements.

Result of the audit
Within the areas of the scope; emergency preparedness, life-saving equipment, fire-fighting equipment, helicopter deck, maritime technology including stability, water- and weather tight integrity were in accordance with regulatory requirements, a total of 22 non-conformities from the regulations were identified and 9 areas requiring improvement were identified. Issues related to deviations will need to be resolved before commencement of activities on the Norwegian continental shelf.

Due to the large number of non-conformities that were identified during the spot check of the aforementioned disciplines, we request that Rowan Drilling revises and improves the quality of the gap analysis, PSA Compliance Study Report No. 2006-0759, for the discipline emergency preparedness and resubmit the report.

Rowan Drilling are requested to perform a new compliance study report for maritime systems and submit the conclusions.