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Audit of emergency preparedness on Alvheim FPSO

On 11 September 2007, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of emergency preparedness on the Alvheim mobile production facility (FPSO). At that time, the Alvheim FPSO was undergoing construction and commissioning at the Aibel shipyard in Haugesund. Our general impression of the technical condition of the facility was good, but we did identify two (2) nonconformities in relation to the regulations.

The audit was part of the processing in connection with Maersk Contractors Norge AS' (MCN's) application for an (AoC) for the facility.

Background for the audit
The Alvheim FPSO* is a former tanker (previously called the MST ODIN) which the operating company Marathon Petroleum Company Norway (MPC(N)) is rebuilding into an FPSO. MCN has applied for an AoC for the facility, and will be responsible for its operation during the production phase.

Abbreviation for Floating Production Storage and Offloading, a mobile production facility.

Purpose of the audit
The purpose of the audit was to verify compliance with applicable requirements for emergency preparedness on the facility.

Result of the audit
We received a generally good impression of the technical condition of the facility.

We did identify two nonconformities in relation to the regulations during the audit:

  • Protection of escape route near technical production equipment does not comply with requirements.

  • There is little knowledge regarding the content of risk and emergency preparedness analyses among a number of people on board.


Understanding of the escape and evacuation philosophy for the facility as regards protection of escape routes on the Vessel Upper Deck (VUD), as well as the conditions and crew required for use of the aft lifeboat, is not good. This is based on observations on board, as well as responses the PSA received to questions related to escape and evacuation.

Improvement items have been identified as regards marking of escape routes, protrusions in or near escape routes, options for transporting a sick person from the MOB boat and identification of lifeboat captain for aft lifeboat.

Contact person in the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway:
Mike Theiss