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Audit of facilitation of material handling on Aker Spitsbergen

Audit: From 5 – 6 February 2009 the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of facilitation of material handling on board Aker Spitsbergen. During the audit we identified several non-conformities in relation to the regulatory requirements.


The audit was conducted on board the facility while it was at Westcon’s yard in Ølen, and was part of our procedure for processing Aker Drilling’s application for an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC).

Aker Spisbergen (kilde: Aker)

Aker Spitsbergen (source: Aker)

Background for the audit
Aker Drilling Operation AS has applied to the PSA for an AoC for the dynamically positioned drilling facility Aker Spitsbergen. The company has entered into a long-term contract with StatoilHydro for use of the facility on the Norwegian continental shelf with activity mainly on the Åsgard, Norne and Heidrun licences.

Aker Spitsbergen, which was built at Aker Solutions' yard on Stord, is now at Westcon’s yard in Ølen for commissioning. Aker Drilling Operation A/S was established in 2005 and Aker Spitsbergen is the company's first facility to undergo commissioning.

Purpose of the audit
The purpose of the audit was to verify that management and technical aspects within the relevant technical discipline are safeguarded in accordance with regulatory requirements. 

Result of the audit
During the audit we identified four non-conformities in relation to the HSE regulations. The non-conformities comprised lack of documentation for lifting appliances, deficient compliance with requirements for facilitation of material handling and lack of internal platform procedures for management and use of lifting appliances. Technical non-conformities on the offshore cranes were also identified.