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Audit of Deepsea Bergen - HSE management

On 14 November 2005, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of Odfjell Drilling AS (Odfjell) related to work on the Deepsea Bergen at the engineering workshop in Ølen. The activity targeted Odfjell's management system and the facility's technical and operational condition.


The audit was conducted in the form of meetings and conversations, as well as through verifications on the facility.

Background for the audit

Deepsea Bergen (Source: Odfjell)The background for the audit is the issuance of an (AoC) to Odfjell on 14 December 2001 for the Deepsea Bergen (photo) and Marathon's application for consent to use the Deepsea Bergen next summer.

Consent is granted in part on the basis of documentation related to the AoC for the facility, with the assumptions and obligations the Acknowledgement of Compliance entails for the drilling contractor.

For a long period of time, the Deepsea Bergen has operated outside the Norwegian shelf. Therefore, the PSA is interested in how Odfjell maintains the AoC for the Deepsea Bergen.

Purpose of the audit

The purpose of the audit activity was to verify that Odfjell safeguards and follows up the general terms in the AoC for the Deepsea Bergen, with particular focus on technical condition and physical working environment, maintenance management and training.

Result of the audit

Comprehensive upgrades are underway on the Deepsea Bergen. This is positive and will contribute to improving safety and the working environment. The most prominent improvements were a new driller's cabin and a new crane.

During the audit, we identified nonconformities in relation to regulatory requirements within the following areas:

  • Safety and working environment - access and working conditions in the crane and derrickman's cabin.
  • Emergency preparedness - marking of escape routes.
  • Maintenance management - labeling and identification of spare parts.

Potential for improvement was found in areas such as training and sharing of experience gained.

Contact in the PSA:
Mike Theiss