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Audit of Regalia - maintenance management, electrical and technical safety

Audit: From 19 to 20 May 2009, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) carried out an audit of maintenance management, electrical and technical safety on the living quarters facility MSV Regalia. We identified several non-conformities in relation to the regulatory requirements.

The audit was carried out as a review of documents, talks and verifications on board on the installation while at the Keppel Verolme shipyard in Rozenburg in Holland for necessary maintenance, modifications and upgrades.

Regalia (source: Prosafe).

Background for the audit
Regalia is a mobile living quarters facility built in 1985. Facility is registered in Singapore and classed by Lloyd's. Prosafe AS has submitted an application to the PSA for an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) for the facility. The audit was part of the processing procedure related to this application.

After the stay at the shipyard, the plan is for the facility to move to the Norwegian Shelf for BP on the Valhall field.

Purpose of the audit
The purpose of the audit was to verify that conditions related to maintenance management, electrical and technical safety were in compliance with regulatory requirements. The verification was conducted based on the AoC application, as well as information received from Prosafe and the project team at the shipyard. 

Result of the audit
Deficient marking appeared to be a general problem.

We identified several non-conformities and potential improvement items within maintenance management. Major flaws included both marking of equipment and equipment not being registered in the maintenance database. Several non-conformities were identified in the maintenance management system for safety-critical equipment which were not described, identified or applied for in connection with the AoC process.

Several non-conformities and potential improvement items were also identified within electrical and technical safety. In particular, procedures and descriptions were lacking for performance of important functions in emergency situations such as fire alarms.