§ 69 Lifting appliances and lifting gear
Lifting appliances and lifting gear on facilities, including launching and recovery appliances for rescue and evacuation means, shall be designed based on the conditions under which the lifting appliances and lifting gear will be used, cf. Section 13. Corresponding requirements apply to the safety of lifting appliances and lifting gear on vessels that participate in the petroleum activities.
When choosing lifting appliances and lifting gear on floating facilities, the facility's movements shall be given special consideration.
Drilling and well areas, including storage areas, shall have equipment for remote operation of pipes and work strings. The requirement for remote operation of pipes and work strings applies from when the pipes have been laid out on the pipe deck and made ready for further transport to the drill floor or work deck.
The requirement for such remote operation of pipes and work strings also applies to lightweight rigs and snubbing units.
Section last changed: 01 January 2015
For the design and selection of lifting appliances and lifting gear for use on permanently placed and mobile facilities NORSOK R-002 standard should be used.
With regard to evaluation of the technical condition of cranes on mobile facilities built before 2007, reference is made to the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association’s Guidelines for implementation of EN 13852-1 on existing offshore cranes on mobile offshore units.
In order to fulfil the requirement regarding remote operation as mentioned in the third subsection, the NORSOK D-001 standard Chapters 5 and 6 and Norwegian Oil and Gas’ Guideline No. 081 should be used, with the following addition: lifting equipment should have independent safety features and be suspended and stored in such a way that the equipment is secure in the event of heeling, and that the danger of falling objects is limited.
Snubbing units as mentioned in the last subsection, means mobile units that are installed so that forces are transferred directly to the wellhead. For snubbing units, the requirement will be made applicable to the extent that equipment to be used with such units, has been developed and tested.
For lifting appliances and lifting gear on the drill floor, Annex D of the NORSOK R-002 standard should be used.
In addition, reference is made to Section 80 since lifting appliances and lifting gear are also comprised by separate regulation in the Machinery regulations, complete with supplementary standards.