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Audit of the well intervention facility Island Frontier

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) carried out AoC (Acknowledgement of Compliance) verifications on board the Island Frontier when the facility was anchored at Ågotnes on Sotra from 22-27 March 2006. The background for the audit activity was an application for an AoC for the facility from Island Offshore Management A/S (IOM).

The verifications targeted marine structures, health and working environment, electrical systems, security systems, maintenance, drilling and well activities, dynamic positioning and emergency preparedness.

Representatives from the Norwegian Maritime Directorate also participated to assist the PSA in verifications of the marine structures for evaluation of the AoC application.

Background for the audit

The background for the audit activity is the application for AoC dated 14 February 2006 from Island Offshore Management A/S (IOM) for the well intervention facility Island Frontier (see photo).

Island Frontier (source: IOM)

The facility will carry out light well intervention for Statoil ASA on the Norwegian shelf.

Purpose of the audit

The purpose of this activity was to verify that management and technical factors on the Island Frontier comply with Norwegian regulatory requirements. The verifications were carried out on the basis of information received in connection with the company's AoC application.

Result of the audit

The facility is new and of good technical standard in the verified areas. However, certain nonconformities in relation to regulatory requirements were identified related to:

  • Marine structures

  • Health and working environment

  • Electrical systems

  • Security systems

  • Maintenance

  • Dynamic positioning

  • Emergency preparedness


Our verifications were based on a relatively limited number of spot checks. A relatively large number of regulatory nonconformities were identified in our verifications which IOM's own verification failed to uncover.

We also identified a number of areas where there is potential for improvement.

Contact in the PSA:
Mike Theiss