The Norwegian Maritime Directorate has stipulated new Anchoring Regulations: ”Regulations of 10 July 2009 No. 998 relating to positioning and anchoring systems on mobile facilities.
Technical requirements in the old Anchoring Regulations have been adopted by the PSA through the Facilities Regulations, Section 64, relating to anchoring, mooring and positioning, and indirectly through the Framework Regulations, Section 3, with reference to the Norwegian Maritime Directorate's regulations that were in force in 2003.
The Norwegian Maritime Directorate's consultation letter of 2 July 2008 made reference to the fact that the PSA has contributed to the formulation of the new Anchoring Regulations, and that the PSA would refer to the technical requirements in the new Anchoring Regulations in its own rules and regulations.
The technical requirements in the new Anchoring Regulations will be incorporated into our regulations as soon as practicable. As regards the Facilities Regulations, this will take place from 1 January 2010. As regards Section 3 of the Framework Regulations, the plan calls for this to occur in connection with the entry into force of new HSE Regulations for the petroleum activities.
It is our opinion that the new Anchoring Regulations govern this area in a safer and more comprehensive manner. If the industry chooses to use the new Anchoring Regulations before they are incorporated into our regulations, this can therefore be done without first completing an extensive nonconformity process.
However, if players choose to use the new regulations as their basis, this must be stated in the relevant applications for consent, and it must be tied to the Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) for the respective facilities. When we process the applications, we will then make a formal assessment regarding the use of the new Anchoring Regulations.