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Audit of lifting equipment and lifting operations on Borgland Dolphin

In February/March 2004 the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of Dolphin's management of technical and operational conditions when planning and implementing lifting operations.


The audit was conducted on the mobile drilling installation Borgland Dolphin in relation to the offshore regulatory requirements, recognized norms and Dolphin's own requirements.

Photo: Dolphin as

Borgland Dolphin

Background for the audit

The audit was a verification audit concerning Dolphin's application for an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) for the Borgland Dolphin installation.

The audit was also a follow-up activity in accordance with a paramount project task and Storting (Norwegian Parliament) White Paper No. 7 (2001-2002) on health, safety and the environment in the petroleum activities:"As part of the work on improving safety in crane and lifting operations offshore, the Ministry has also asked the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) to prioritize supervision of these areas".

The audit focused on the problem areas stated in the NPD's report "Causal relations in lifting operations incidents".

Purpose of the audit

The goal of the audit was to verify that safety was safeguarded through management of technical and operational conditions when planning and implementing lifting operations.

Furthermore, to verify that the technical condition was safeguarded through inspections and maintenance of lifting appliances and lifting gear, and that follow-up of undesired incidents from lifting operations complies with relevant requirements.

The audit is part of a decision-making basis for considering the AoC application.

Result of the audit

We made observations of a technical, operational and administrative/organizational nature. The following matters can be mentioned in particular:

  • It is a challenge to find the safest technical and operational solution for launching and retrieving the man-overboard boat.
  • Even though one of the offshore cranes, fabricated by Aker, has been extensively upgraded, it is nevertheless basically a 1970 design, and therefore has some limitations compared with the current standard.
  • With regard to procedures we observed some deviations in relation to regulations/norms, some contradictions, different terms, some unclear points and some differing opinions among relevant personnel.

Contact person in the PSA:
Mike Theiss