Oct 092014

PSAlifeboatSparked by a freefall lifeboat incident nine years ago Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority will chew on comments regarding proposed new lifeboat safety rules over the next few months. The aim, says the PSA is “returning us to the level of safety we thought prevailed in 2005”.

Some 480 lifeboats may be affected and the offshor industry has alleged that the regulations could cost $10bn to implement. While the changes will apply to operations on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, NCS, it is likely that PSA’s opposite number, the UK’s Health and Safety Authority, may review its own regulations on lifeboats. Continue reading »

PSA Releases DWH Recs For NCS

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Jun 092011

PSA looks at lessons from the Deepwater Horizon tragedy

Preliminary conclusions by Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority Norway and action recommended after the Deepwater Horizon accident were presented to the Safety Forum’s annual conference on 9 June.

These assessments and recommendations build on the investigation reports published so far, as well as on a number of assessments by various professional bodies and various national and international processes.

The PSA will continue to keep a close eye on the many processes and activities launched after the accident in April 2010, and which are still under way.

This means that final conclusions and recommendations for action (amendments to the Norwegian regulations and so forth) have yet to be produced by the PSA.

An English summary of the PSA’s report, with its assessments and recommendations, is available for download (see the right-hand margin). The full report will be published next week in Norwegian only.

On the PSA’s follow-up
A project team was established by the PSA on 7 May 2010 following the disaster with the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico.

The overall goal of this work has been systematise and assess experience from and investigation of the major accident so that they can contribute to learning and improvement on the NCS.

Summary: The Deepwater Horizon accident – assessments and recommendations for the Norwegian petroleum industy

The Deepwater Horizon – the PSA’s follow-up

Offshore Collisions: Important Lessons Not Learnt

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Feb 242011

Big Orange, the crunch on collisions?

Norway’s PSA is concerned that the many collisions between vessels and installations on the NCS could lead to major accidents. It has called for big improvements in ship operation.

A dramatic impact hit the Norwegian headlines in the summer of 2009, when well stimulation vessel Big Orange XVIII ran into the Ekofisk 2/4 W platform at a speed of almost 10 knots.

Extensive damage was caused, and the PSA’s investigation found that the incident, under slightly changed circumstances, could have developed into a major accident.

But this event was by no means unique. Collisions have been occurring on the NCS ever since the oil industry arrived in Norway during the mid-1960s. Continue reading »

Lifeboat Issues Hampering Norwegian Oil

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Sep 092009

oil production is likely to be hampered on the Norwegian continental shelf, NCS, due to freefall lifeboat issues

StatoilHydro has warned that oil production is likely to be hampered on the Norwegian continental shelf, NCS,  due to freefall lifeboat issues during the coming expected winter extreme weather in the area.

A number of freefall lifeboat-related issues have emerged in the region over the past year, ranging from quality-control to a need to strengthen canopies. Lifeboats are regarded as the secondary evacuation system on StatoilHydro platforms, helicopters being the primary means. So far free fall lifeboats have not been used an actual evacuation.

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