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Verification of marine systems on Safe Scandinvia

While handling Prosafes application for acknowledgement of compliance (AoC) for the accommodation facility Safe Scandinavia, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) carried out, with assistance from the Norwegian Maritime Directorate (NMD), a verification regarding marine systems on Safe Scandinavia. Based on the number of non-conformities identified, it is our opinion that the general level of understanding of Norwegian regulations should be improved within the Prosafe organization.


The verification was carried out March 22nd through 23rd 2007 and included load bearing structures, stability, ballast, water and weather tight integrity, and mooring systems.

Background for the verification

The facility is planned to be used as accommodation unit by Statoil in conjunction with the Snorre A facility from April to October 2007. Safe Scandinavia is planned to be moored alongside Snorre A, and connected to Snorre A by means of a walkway to provide accommodation for additional personnel involved in upgrade activity on Snorre A.

As preparation for the use of the facility on Snorre A, Safe Scandinavia entered a short yard stay at the Keppel Norway yard in Sandnes. This AoC-verification was carried out during that yard stay.

Purpose of the verification

The goal of the verification was to verify compliance with the HSE-regulations on NCS in connection with the ongoing handling of the application for AoC for the facility.

Result of the verification

The verification activity revealed 10 non-conformities related to ballast system, stability and water-tight integrity.

We have also identified 13 items where there is room for improvement.

Based on the number of non-conformities identified, it is our opinion that the general level of understanding of Norwegian regulations should be improved within the Prosafe organization.

Demonstration of the use of emergency operations with respect to ballast system and watertight integrity indicated that training related to operation of emergency procedures should be improved.

Contact person in the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway:
Mike Theiss