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Audit of lifting equipment and lifting operations on the Mærsk Innovator

During the period 3 - 6 October 2006, the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) conducted an audit of Maersk Contractors Norge AS' management of technical and operational aspects of the planning and implementation of lifting operations on the Mærsk Innovator. The objective of the audit was to verify compliance with regulatory requirements regarding lifting operations and lifting equipment.


After an initial meeting, we carried out verifications on board the Mærsk Innovator (pictured) and finalised our activities with a summing up meeting on board.

The Mærsk Innovator is a mobile jack up drilling facility, built by Hyundai in 2003.

The facility's legs measure 205 meters and it can operate at depths of as much as 150 meters. Its living quarters house 120 people.

The audit was conducted according to the shelf rules and regulations, recognised norms and Maersk's internal specifications.

Background for the audit

The audit was a verification activity according to PSA's primary task and Storting White Paper number 7 (2001-2002) on health, safety and the environment in the petroleum activities.
The audit focused on the problem areas identified in the PSA report "Analysis of causal relations in incidents involving offshore cranes" .

Purpose of the audit

The purpose of the audit was to verify that safety was ensured through Maersk's management of technical and operational aspects of the planning and implementation of lifting operations.
Furthermore, to verify that the technical state of lifting appliances and lifting gear was ensured through inspection and maintenance, and that the follow-up of undesirable incidents involving lifting operations meets with relevant requirements.

Result of the audit

We made the following observations concerning technical, operational and organisational matters during the audit.

The following issues merit further mention:

  • The system for training in the governing document for lifting operations, Lifting Operations Manual BA 121001.DOC, does not meet the relevant requirements.
  • No training program for the use of emergency functions for lifting appliances was in place.
  • Some challenges and areas for potential improvement were observed in materials handling.

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Contact in the PSA:
Mike Theiss