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Audit of preparedness and drilling and well technology onMaersk Reacher

On 15 and 16 June 2011, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) and the Norwegian Maritime Directorate (Sdir) carried out an audit activity on board Maersk Reacher

The activity was directed at the preparedness and drilling and well technology disciplines, and was the last technical audit in a total of five to verify Maersk Drilling Norge A/S (Maersk) application for an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) for the facility.

The objective of the audit was to verify preparedness factors associated with preparedness organisation, expertise, exercises and training, rescue equipment and other factors associated with preparedness.

As regards drilling and wells, the verification was mainly connected to operational factors, well technology and equipment related to drilling operations.

The audit activity was well-facilitated well by Maersk.

The results of the audit activity did not reveal factors that would lead to a notification of order. 

Nonconformities were identified within preparedness in connection with:

  • Equipment for MOB boat crew
  • Resting platforms
  • Storage and placement of fire fighting equipment
  • Escape routes
  • Training

Furthermore, improvement items were identified in connection with:

  • Securing light fixtures
  • Marking and use of emergency numbers 

Nonconformities were identified within drilling and well technology in connection with:

  • Well control equipment
  • Drilling fluid unit
  • Access for servicing valves 

Furthermore, an improvement item was identified in connection with the drilling fluid tanks.