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Audit of management systems and technical factors on Eirik Raude

During the period 22-24 June 2004, we conducted a verification on the drilling rig Eirik Raude (photo). The activity was aimed at management systems and technical factors in the areas of emergency preparedness, maintenance and working environment. The activity was carried out by means of a review of documents, interviews and verifications on board.

Background for the audit

The Eirik Raude is a semi-submersible mobile drilling rig built during the period 1997-2002 at Dalian New Shipyard in China, Friede Goldman Offshore in Pascagoula MS, USA and Halifax Irving Shipyard in Canada.

This is the first time that the rig is in operation on the Norwegian Shelf. Ocean Rig A/S has applied for an (AoC) for the rig.

The company has a contract with Statoil and Norsk Hydro for drilling on the Norwegian shelf, with planned start-up in October 2004.

Purpose of the audit

The objective of this activity was to verify that management and technical aspects in the areas of emergency preparedness, maintenance and working environment on the Eirik Raude are in compliance with the regulatory requirements.

The verification was performed on the basis of information received in connection with the company's AoC application.

Result of the audit

An extensive program is underway to close non-conformances in order to prepare the rig for operation on the Norwegian shelf.

Additional non-conformances were identified during the verification as regards the system for handling non-conformances, escape routes, signs and labeling, working environment factors and competence in the emergency response organization.

Non-conformances have also been discovered in the maintenance system, as well as in connection with maintenance work not being completed.

We have identified a number of factors with potential for improvement in the area of documentation, tidiness and cleaning, as well as color-coding of lifting gear.

The number of new non-conformances indicates that the company's management systems have certain deficiencies.

The company should therefore review its own systems to achieve improved control over the non-conformance situation on the rig.

Contact person in the PSA:
Mike Theiss

Contact person in the PSA:
Mike Theiss