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Audit of Port Rigmar in connection with application for AoC

During the period 29-30 August 2007 and 5-6 September 2007, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of the living quarters facility Port Rigmar. The audit covered the technical areas of maintenance management, working environment, electrical systems, process and safety systems, maritime systems, structures and emergency preparedness.

The facility was at the Keppel Verolme yard in Rozenburg, Holland (link) for necessary maintenance, modifications and upgrades.

Background for the audit
The Port Rigmar (see photo) is a jack-up living quarters facility.

The facility was built in 1979 as a drilling facility and was subsequently modified into a living quarters facility in 1991/1992.

Port Rigmar (kilde: AWILCO Offshore)

The facility is registered in the Bahamas and is certified by Det Norske Veritas. Polycrest AS (Polycrest) has applied for an (AoC) for the facility. After its stay at the yard, the plan is for the facility to proceed to the Norwegian shelf to work for ConocoPhillips.

Purpose of the audit
The purpose of the audit was to verify that factors related to maintenance management, working environment, electrical systems, process and safety systems, maritime systems, structures and emergency preparedness were in accordance with regulatory requirements.

The verification was implemented on the basis of the AoC application, as well as information received from Polycrest and the project team at the yard.

Result of the audit
The PSA gained a positive impression during the audit of how Polycrest follows up working environment factors.

As part of the process associated with the AoC application, Polycrest has implemented several surveys of working environment factors. The company has a goal-oriented approach in its work to correct identified nonconformities and deficiencies.

During the audit, we did identify some new nonconformities in relation to regulatory requirements. These were mainly related to missing risk assessments for use of chemicals, mapping of noise doses for vulnerable groups of personnel and missing surveys of indoor environment and ventilation factors.

We also found nonconformities linked to deficient ventilation conditions, missing signposting related to noise, elements linked to access routes and visibility conditions from the deck cranes.

Within the area of electrical and safety systems, we have found new nonconformities related to remote operation of the fire pump systems and fire extinguishing on the helicopter deck.

As regards new equipment to be installed, some work remains to be done in connection with obtaining necessary documentation, and satisfactory training on new equipment has not been completed for everyone.

The result in the area of maintenance management showed that there is still outstanding work to be completed before the system complies with regulatory requirements.

We identified deficiencies linked to marking (tagging) of equipment, assessment of criticality and maintenance efficiency. In addition, we were also told that there is a need for internal training in the Star maintenance planning system, revision 3.0.

One improvement item was also identified in relation to competence and resources within the maintenance discipline in Polycrest's land organization.

In our opinion, the facility was well-maintained as regards structures. Nevertheless, there was considerable corrosion at the bottom of the facility. Parts of the bottom had been replaced before we arrived. Reinforcement was also carried out on the legs to better equip the facility for use. Some documentation was not located, and some had not been completed.

Replacement and modifications were carried out within the crane and lifting area, mainly through the installation of two new cranes and expansion of the storage deck.

During the audit, nonconformities such as deficiencies in the lifting manual and incomplete procedures for operation of the cranes were identified. We have also uncovered nonconformities in the design of the storage deck which has not ensured facilitation of safe lifting operations to the extent possible.

As regards the area of emergency preparedness, rescue and helicopter deck, no serious nonconformities were uncovered during the audit.
We identified nonconformities in the description and follow-up of performance requirements for emergency preparedness, marking and signposting, fitting out of lifeboats and maintenance testing of the lifeboat launch system.

We also identified nonconformities on the helicopter deck related to anchoring points for helicopters, fastening of the rope net and edge lighting.

Contact person in the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway:
Mike Theiss