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Audit of emergency preparedness on Aker Barents

Audit: On 15 June 2009, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA), assisted by the Norwegian Maritime Directorate, carried out an audit of emergency preparedness on the drilling facility Aker Barents. During the audit, we identified seven non-conformities in relation to the regulatory requirements and three areas with potential for improvement.

In addition, the Civil Aviation Authority Norway (CAA) carried out an audit of the helicopter deck with associated fire prevention and rescue equipment.

During the audit, Aker Barents was at the Aker Solutions yard at Stord.

The audit was carried out in the form of document review, talks with the facility manager and the safety delegate service as well as verifications on board the facility.

Background for the audit
The background for the audit is Aker Drilling’s application to the PSA for an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) for the Aker Barents.

Purpose of the audit
The purpose of the audit was to verify emergency preparedness related issues in connection with Aker Drilling AS’ application for an AoC for Aker Barents. The audit included focus on the evacuation means from the facility, emergency preparedness equipment, organisation of preparedness and the physical facilitation of preparedness on board. The interviews also covered issues related to training and exercises.

Result of the audit
During the audit, we identified seven non-conformities and three areas with potential for improvement. No orders were issued for any of the non-conformities identified in this report. 

The report does not include possible non-conformities and areas of improvement identified in the CAA report on the helicopter deck.