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Audit of HSE management on the Deepsea Bergen

During the period 27 November - 1 December 2006, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of Odfjell Drilling's system for managing health, safety and environment on the Deepsea Bergen drilling facility. The audit proved that Odfjell has a well-functioning management system to follow up health, safety and environment on the Deepsea Bergen, and we did not identify any new nonconformities during the audit.


The audit was conducted by means of interviews of personnel on land and on board the facility, as well as verification on board.

Deepsea Bergen (kilde: Odfjell)The audit was also a test run of the PSA's "cooperation project" in which we hope to utilize technical aids such as video conferencing and work on documents on joint Internet platforms.

Odfjell uses these types of aids to a great extent, and they were thus able to facilitate this type of audit.

Prior to the audit, a questionnaire was sent to the drillers on all shifts of the Deepsea Bergen (pictured) with questions concerning the working situation for drillers. This form was developed in connection with the PSA's project "human factors in drilling and well operations".

Background for the audit

The audit was a follow-up of the obligations in the Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) which was granted for the Deepsea Bergen facility in 2001.

The PSA has previously conducted a verification on board the Deepsea Bergen when it was docked at Ølen in November 2005. The current activity was also a follow-up of the previous audit.

Purpose of the audit

The purpose of the audit was to verify that Odfjell has a system for managing HSE that ensures that the obligations in the AoC are met, and that the work on the Deepsea Bergen is carried out in accordance with the regulations.

General HSE management was the main topic of the audit, but verifications and examples were largely also aimed at the drilling area, the drillers' work situation and working environment factors.

Since the audit was a test run of the PSA's cooperation project, another objective was to gather experience in the use of video conferences, including interviews via video conferencing and work on documents on joint Internet platforms.

Result of the audit

The audit showed that Odfjell has a well-functioning management system to follow up health, safety and environment on the Deepsea Bergen. It is our impression that the HSE work on the facility is systematic, with good participation by the employees.

The level of knowledge is good as regards the management system in general and as regards objectives, action plans, nonconformities and improvement measures.

Several technical improvements have been implemented, including a new driller's cabin and new cranes. There are also plans to replace the derrickman's cabins.

No new nonconformities were identified during the audit.

We did find some items where there is room for improvement, including as regards updating of governing documentation and the timing for implementing analyses.

The experience gained during the audit in the use of technical aids such as video conferencing and work on documents on joint platforms was very positive. This also applies to the experience gained in carrying out interviews via video conference.

The advantages of this work method include the fact that more people can participate without having to travel, and that offshore verifications can be conducted with just a few of the PSA audit team members travelling offshore, while the others can participate from land via video conference.

Contact person i the Petroleum Safety Authority
Mike Theiss