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Orders after investigation of stability incident on Floatel Superior, 7 November 2012

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has issued orders to Floatel International AB, following the PSA’s investigation of a stability incident on the mobile accommodation unit Floatel Superior on 7 November 2012.


An unsecured anchor created eight holes in the hull of Floatel Superior during the night of 6-7 November 2012, causing water to enter two tanks and producing a list of about 5.8 degrees. The facility was then lying on the Njord field in the Norwegian Sea.

The PSA resolved to launch an investigation into the incident. On the basis of the findings made, the PSA notified Floatel International that orders would be issued.

Read more:Notification of order after investigation of stability incident on Floatel Superior, 7 November 2012

In accordance with that notification, the following orders are now issued to Floatel International.
Pursuant to section 69 of the framework regulations on administrative decisions, see section 6 of the management regulations on management of health, safety and the environment, and section 15 of the management regulations on information, Floatel International is ordered to implement measures which ensure identification, registration and follow-up of conditions of significance for safety.

The grounds for the order are provided by chapter 5.1.9 of the investigation report.

Pursuant to section 69 of the framework regulations on administrative decisions and section 25 of the activities regulations on the use of facilities, Floatel International is ordered to establish the weather which Floatel Superior has been subject to, analyse the effect on the hull of having operated Floatel Superior beyond its design assumptions during transit, and establish which consequences this has for continued use of the facility. The grounds for the order are provided by chapters 3.2 and 5.1.8.

Pursuant to section 69 of the framework regulations on administrative decisions, section 22 of the management regulations on handling of nonconformities, see section 3 of the framework regulations on the application of maritime regulations, Floatel International is ordered to carry out a new assessment of compliance with the maritime regulations for structures and maritime systems. The grounds for the order are the nonconformities described in chapter 5.1, see also chapter 5.6.

Floatel International must take the initiative for a meeting to submit plans and methodology for complying with the orders. This meeting must take place no later than 15 May 2013.

The deadline for compliance with the orders and responding to the PSA is set at 15 September 2013.

Explanation of the terms “order” and “notification of order”
An order is an administrative decision made pursuant to the regulations. Before the PSA issues an order, it usually submits a notification of order to the companies involved.

A notification of order is neither a measure nor a warning of sanctions, but part of the PSA’s administrative process in accordance with the established rules of procedure. The notification is just a first step before an administrative decision is made.

An order is a powerful preventive measure and legally binding on the recipient.


 

Øyvind Midttun, Press contact
Email: oyvind.midttun@ptil.no | +47 51 87 34 77