Recent inspections conducted by Australia’s National Offshore Petroleum Safety Authority, NOPSA, and information provided to NOPSA have raised concerns regarding the general condition of some Totally Enclosed Motor Propelled Survival Craft (TEMPSC) currently in use in the offshore regime.
Inspection findings have resulted in nine enforcement actions on facility operators in the past four months.
The enforcement actions focused primarily on the lack of effective routine maintenance and inspections being conducted on facility TEMPSC.
TEMPSC were identified with damaged or broken safety harnesses, unsecured and loose items, and illegible safety and operating instructions. A shortfall in the competencies of personnel assigned to essential lifeboat duties was also noted.