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AoC Verification - Emergency Preparedness on the Borgland Dolphin

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) carried out a verification activity in the period 10 May 2004 to 12 May 2004 on board the drilling installation Borgland Dolphin on the Tordis field.


The activity focused on management systems, employer participation and skills requirements, as well as technical issues in the field of emergency preparedness.
The audit was carried out on the basis of conversations, interviews, reviewing documents and onboard verifications.

The audit's background
Borgland Dolphin is a semi-submersible Aker H-3 drilling installation built in 1976. Dolphin AS has applied for an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) for the installation. AoCs became compulsory as of 1 January 2004, and are required for installations to be used on the Norwegian Shelf.

The verification was part of the authorities' follow-up work in the ongoing AoC process.

The audit's purpose
The purpose of this activity was to verify that the management and technical aspects in the field of emergency preparedness on the Borgland Dolphin are in accordance with the authorities' requirements; that the emergency preparedness on board is continually undergoing a process of improvement; and to ensure that the requirements for employee participation are attended to.

The verification was implemented on the basis of the AoC application from the company, the AoC manual and applicable regulatory requirements.

The result of the audit
The verification uncovered two new deviations in the field of preparedness. In addition, several matters described by the PSA as circumstances in need of improvement emerged.

An emergency preparedness drill was carried out during the audit. Despite different interpretations of the mustering announcement, the staff mustered rapidly. Good leadership was evinced both within the central and among the crew. Communication was good.

The installation's MOB boat is often on the water, and drills are carried out frequently. The preparedness organisation consists of good teams that take responsibility. The teams have a considerable amount of high-quality equipment at their disposal.

The verification showed that everybody onboard was familiar with their tasks in the emergency preparedness organisation, as well as skills requirements. However, there was little knowledge as to where these requirements are outlined.

Usually, it is the nurse's responsibility to requisition a helicopter for transporting the ill or injured. In those cases in which the nurse is indisposed, this responsibility has not been clearly transferred.

During the PSA's round onboard, some deviations relating to the Maritime Directorate's regulations emerged.

The verification also uncovered that the lists of contents did not correspond with the actual contents of some fire extinguishing equipment.

We have explicit requirements regarding the employees' participation in the AoC process. The verification showed that participation down the line had been insufficient.

The verification also uncovered insufficient marking/signing. Nor is there a uniform policy regarding language on the installation's signs. Where the signs are not illustrated and self-explanatory, the text should be in Norwegian. If there are more than one nationality on board, this should be reflected in the sign-posting. The signing work was not described in the maintenance programme.

Information on our follow-up after the audit

Contact person in the Petroleum Safety Authority:
Inger Anda