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Audit of emergency preparedness and health on Port Reval

On 15 June 2007 the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA), together with the the Norwegian Board of Health Supervision (Htil) and the Norwegian Maritime Directorate (Sdir) conducted an audit of Port Reval. During the audit we found some non-conformities in relation to the regulatory requirements and matters with a potential for improvement.

The audit was directed towards matters related to health, maritime rescue equipment and emergency preparedness. The activities were conducted through document review, interviews and verifications on board the facility, and were part of the PSA's procedure in connection with the application from OSM Offshore AS (OSM) for (AoC) for Port Reval.

Port Reval (kilde: OSM)Background for the audit
Port Reval (photo) is an Aker H3 submersible facility, delivered in 1976 and subsequently rebuilt for accommodation purposes. The facility is registered in the Bahamas.

OSM will start activities for ConocoPhillips at the beginning of August 2007.

The audit is part of the processing of and application for AoC for Port Reval. The AoC-system was expanded from the beginning of the year, so that accommodation facilities also require an AoC for activities on the Norwegian continental shelf.

Purpose of the audit
The purpose of the audit was to verify that matters related to health, maritime rescue equipment and emergency preparedness are in accordance with regulatory requirements. The verification was conducted on the basis of the AoC application and other relevant information received from OSM.

Result of the audit
Our general impression on board the facility is good. No serious non-conformities were revealed during the audit. Non-conformities have been identified in relation to requirements for training and drills, visibility from the lifeboat coxswain's seat, the self-righting function of survival suits and documentation for completed maintenance test.

Improvement items were also identified in connection with health and hygiene, emergency hospital, matters related to escape routes and maritime evacuation implements. Our audit report covers findings made by the PSA and the Norwegian Maritime Directorate.

A separate report has been published by the Norwegian Board of Health Supervision on their findings.

Contact person in the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway:
Mike Theiss