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Audit of logistics and working environment on Deepsea Atlantic

Audit: During 23 – 26 November 2009 the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of material handling, cranes, lifting appliances, lifting equipment and safe operation of the equipment (logistics), and working environment conditions on Deepsea Atlantic.


During the audit the facility was located at the yard of Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co Ltd (DSME) in Goeje, South Korea.

Deepsea Atlantic (source: Odfjell Invest)

The audit concerned Odfjell Drilling’s (Odfjell’s) application for an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) for the mobile drilling installation Deepsea Atlantic (pictured).

Background for the audit
Deepsea Atlantic is a mobile drilling facility under construction at the DSME yard in South Korea.

The drilling facility is intended for use in activities on the Norwegian Shelf with StatoilHydro as the operator.

Purpose of the audit
The purpose of the audit was to verify that management and technical conditions concerning logistics and the working environment on the facility were in compliance with regulatory requirements. The audit was conducted on the basis of information received from Odfjell in connection with the AoC application, verification on the facility and interviews with Odfjell personnel.

Result of the audit
Work was still in progress during the audit. Several of the areas were somewhat incomplete.

Interviews were conducted with operational personnel in logistics (material handling, cranes, lifting appliances, lifting equipment and safe operation of the equipment), but at the time of the audit there was limited knowledge of how the equipment and systems would function during operation.

Preparation had just begun in terms of writing procedures and planning logistics and material handling with cranes and lifting appliances.

We identified several non-conformities in relation to requirements in regulations and standards/norms. This applies primarily to deficient facilitation for efficient and safe material handling, including lack of a clear view of the loading areas and lack of facilitation for safe load handling down through hatches on the main deck of the hull.

At the time of verification it was not possible to obtain a complete overview of the working environment conditions on the facility. This was due to the fact that several working environment surveys and verification activities had not yet been conducted.

During the audit we identified non-conformities related to Odfjell’s systems for conducting conformity assessments and deficiencies in the system for registration and handling of non-conformities.

We also noted several non-conformities related to individual areas on the facility. Most of these were related to lack of access to equipment units, deficient facilitation for material handling, deficient ergonomic design of individual areas and deficiencies related to measures to protect employees against hazardous chemical exposure.

We noted that preliminary measurements of noise showed excess noise levels in a number of areas. A main challenge in the working environment area will be to implement necessary measures to secure noise levels in line with the regulatory requirements.

In the working environment area, however, our impression is that the project is working actively to rectify identified deficiencies and non-conformities so that the facility can provide good and effective working environment conditions for the personnel on board.