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Audit of the drilling facility Mærsk Inspirer

During the period 16-17 February 2005, we conducted an audit aimed at Maersk Contractors Norge AS (MCN) in connection with the company's application for an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) for the Mærsk Inspirer drilling facility. The activity was implemented as a verification of the company's management system and the facility's technical aspects in the areas of working environment, technical safety and electrical disciplines.


Background for the audit

The background for the audit activity is the application for AoC dated 12 December 2003 from MCN for the drilling facility Mærsk Inspirer (photo).

The facility arrived at Invergordon in Scotland in January 2005 from the engineering workshop in Korea, and it is a sister rig to the Mærsk Innovator.
After commissioning at Invergordon, the plan is for the facility to commence operations for ConocoPhillips on the British shelf, after which it will be modified to become a drilling and production facility for Statoil on the Volve field.

Purpose of the audit

The purpose of this activity was to verify that management and technical aspects within the areas of working environment, technical safety and electrical disciplines on the Mærsk Inspirer, conform to the regulatory requirements.

The verifications were implemented based on information received in connection with the AoC application from the company, and they were also based on experience gained after the AoC process for the Mærsk Innovator and subsequent follow-up of this and other MCN facilities with AoCs.

Result of the audit

The facility has a good technical standard throughout the verified areas.
However, some non-conformities with the Norwegian regulatory requirements were identified in relation to:

  • Deficient competence and training of new personnel
  • Control and surveillance function
  • Inadequate status of how working environment factors are attended to in specific areas of the facility
  • Compliance with the provisions of the Tobacco Act
  • Automatic fire extinguishing systems

The audit also uncovered a few items with potential for improvement within the verified areas.

Contact person i the Petroleum Safety Authority
Mike Theiss