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Audit of emergency preparedness on Bredford Dolphin

During the period 7-9 May 2007, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted verification activities in the area of emergency preparedness on the drilling facility Bredford Dolphin, which was at a shipyard in Gdansk for necessary modifications and upgrades. At the time of the verification, the facility did not meet all of the regulatory requirements as regards emergency preparedness. The preconditions for granting an AoC were thus not in place in this technical area.


This audit was originally started in February of this year, but was postponed due to lack of completion at that time. The activities targeted aspects related to emergency preparedness. The activities were carried out by means of document reviews, conversations and verifications on board the facility.

Background for the audit

The Bredford Dolphin is a semi-submersible drilling facility built in 1976. Dolphin a.s has applied for an (AoC) for the facility. After modification, the plan is for the facility to proceed to the Norwegian shelf to carry out drilling operations for a multi-operator consortium.

Purpose of the audit

The purpose of the audit was to verify that aspects related to emergency preparedness are in accordance with regulatory requirements. The verification was implemented on the basis of the AoC application, as well as information received from Dolphin and the project team at the shipyard in Gdansk.

Result of the audit

Prior to the audit, we received information from Dolphin that the facility was to leave the quay the day after the supervisory activity. We observed that systems and equipment related to emergency preparedness on board were not complete to the level expected for facilities about to commence operations. Therefore, we emphasized management of the completion/commissioning, rather than the planned verification of a facility that is ready to be put into operation.

We found that the commissioning processes were described well, but that they only functioned in part as intended. An overarching management of the whole of the project seemed to be lacking. We largely implemented our verifications as relates to escape routes.

We are concerned that comparable conditions may also be present in the management of other emergency preparedness-related areas which were not examined in detail during the audit.

At the time of the verification, the facility did not meet all of the regulatory requirements as regards emergency preparedness, and the preconditions for an AoC were thus not in place in this technical area.

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Contact in the PSA:
Ole-Johan Faret, press contact
Telephone: +47 40 68 35 46
E-mail:
ole-johan.faret@ptil.no