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.
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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