Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority is investigation the fall of an umanned lifeboat from the rig Maersk Giant during a test in which a wire rope broke, dropping the lfeboat which then drifted underneath the facility. Later the lifeboat drifted away from Mærsk Giant with an emergency vessel as escort.
Thw PSA says it “…takes a serious view of the incident, and has decided to undertake an investigation. The object of our investigation is to ascertain the sequence of events, proximate and underlying causes, actual and potential consequences and to identify any regulatory breaches. The intention is to contribute to learning and transfer of experience – and thereby to help prevent similar incidents. The investigation will result in a report that will be published on ptil.no.”
The PSA’s investigation team began its work on 14 January.
Mærsk Giant is presently positioned on the Yme field in the southern North Sea. Talisman Energy Norge AS has consent from the PSA to use Mærsk Giant as living quarters in connection with preparations for removing the Yme facility