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Audit of material handling facilitation on the Mærsk Inspirer

During the period 14-15 March 2007, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of the facilitation of material handling onboard the drilling facility Mærsk Inspirer. The facility, built in 2003, will be used as a combined drilling and production facility at the Volve field. We noted no non-conformities in relation to the regulations, but identified several areas with potential for improvement.

The audit activity was carried out while the facility was undergoing modification work at Vetco Aibel's shipyard in Haugesund.

Background for the audit

Mærsk Inspirer (kilde: Maersk)Mærsk Contractor AS is applying for an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) for the drilling facility Mærsk Inspirer (pictured).

In addition, Statoil has applied for consent to use the facility for drilling and production at the Volve field.

In connection with this, a production module has been installed onboard. The audit was carried out to verify the facilitation of materials handling.

The facility has not previously been used on assignments on the Norwegian Shelf.

Purpose of the audit

The purpose of the audit was to verify compliance with prevailing requirements for material handling through the use of lifting appliances, and also to verify compliance with requirements concerning completion, documentation and application of lifting appliances.

Result of the audit

The production module's internal material handling seems to be well planned with lifting appliances readily available for operations and maintenance. It is also our impression that the facility otherwise is well adapted to material handling (well) and that it is well equipped with appropriate lifting appliances. However, it could not be documented that a material handling study for the production module/facility interface had been carried out.

No non-conformities with the regulations were identified, but several areas with potential for improvement were observed.

Contact person in the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway:
Mike Theiss