Audit finds emergency preparedness issues on Transocean rig

Norwegian offshore safety watchdog, the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA), has found 11 non-conformities related to the working environment and emergency preparedness following an audit on the Transocean Endurance rig.

Transocean Endurance, fka Songa Endurance, drilling rig. Author: SP Mac

The safety authority carried out an audit of Transocean and its management of the working environment and emergency preparedness on Transocean Endurance from 18 October 18-24, 2019.

The objective of the audit was to verify the company’s compliance with the HSE regulations within the working environment and emergency preparedness domains.

During the audit, 11 non-conformities and three improvement points were identified.

The non-conformities were related to transfer of experience; siting of the sprinkler system at the exterior lifeboat mustering station; security measures against fire escalation in the engine room; training and drills; escape routes/securing of equipment in the living quarters; employee participation; overview of health risk; follow-up of surveys; roles and responsibilities in the working environment; competence and training in the working environment; training in, use and maintenance of personal protective equipment.

In addition, three improvement points were identified relating to maintenance; illumination of escape route; and use of the Norwegian language in governing documents.

Transocean has been given a deadline of January 10, 2020, to report on how previous and new non-conformities and improvement points will be addressed.

The Transocean Endurance is a semi-submersible drilling rig built in 2015 by South Korea’s DSME shipyard.

In early 2019, Transocean revealed it would install Automated Drilling Control systems on four high-specification, harsh environment rigs on contract in Norway. Transocean Endurance was one of the rigs selected for the upgrade.

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