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Audit of Skarv turret: Facilitation of material handling

Audit: During the period 18-20 November 2009, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of facilitation of access and material handling on the Skarv turret at Keppel Shipyard in Singapore.


The audit was a planned activity under the PSA's audit plan for 2009. Application of standards and norms was a key topic.

Background for the audit
The PSA shall set the standards for and follow up to ensure that the players in the petroleum activities maintain high standards for health, safety and environment, and thereby contribute to creating the greatest possible value for society.

The PSA shall also contribute to reducing the risk level in the petroleum activities by following up to ensure that the players facilitate technical and operational integrity.

Purpose of the audit
The purpose of the audit was to verify that BP Norge AS, in connection with the construction of the Skarv turret, safeguards the regulatory requirements within the area covered by the audit.

Result of the audit
During the audit, we emphasised facilitation of access and material handling in the operations phase.

A review of drawings, 3D modelling and verification on the turret showed that facilitation of access and material handling was largely well-planned and executed.

However, questions can be posed as to whether the selection of equipment and placement of padeyes is optimal, keeping in mind that this will be a ship moored in an area that is very exposed to the weather. 

Journal 2009/785 (documents in Norwegian)