The objective of the audit was to review and assess the management of emergency preparedness and how the helideck and helicopter operations on the Ula field are safeguarded, by verifying how the regulatory requirements within these domains are met.


Non-conformities were identified relating to:

  • Decision support
  • Follow-up of the system for training the emergency preparedness organisation on board
  • Safety signage

In addition, improvement points were identified relating to:

  • Verification of performance requirements
  • Fire stations
  • Lifeboats
  • Safety assessments relating to maintenance and modification
  • Working arrangements
  • Communication in the event of a MOB incident

Follow-up of previous audits

During the audit, we also looked at how Aker BP has addressed non-conformities that we identified in previous audits of the company.

From an audit in 2008 (when BP was the operator of the Ula field), we see that a non-conformity concerning deficient safety labelling was not rectified in accordance with the plans submitted to us.

What happens next?

Aker BP has been given a deadline of 12 February 2020 to report on how the non-conformities and improvement points will be addressed.