This incident occurred in connection with loading/discharging operations between the Sjoborg supply ship and Statfjord A.
As a result of the collision, one of the lifeboats and a lifeboat station on the facility were damaged.
The incident prompted operator Equinor to move large parts of the personnel on Statfjord A to other facilities in the area.
There were 276 people on Statfjord A when the collision occurred. No personal injuries resulting from the incident have been reported.
Production from Statfjord A had been shut down for a maintenance turnaround.
The PSA takes a serious view of this incident and has decided to launch an investigation. A team of its specialists is now engaged in this work.
The main objective of the investigation is to identify the causes of the incident and possible lessons to be learnt, and to share this information with the industry.
In conducting its investigation, the PSA will
- carefully review the course of events
- uncover and describe the actual and potential consequences of the incident
- identify direct and underlying causes
apply necessary enforcement powers to correct possible regulatory breaches
- make public its findings
- contribute to experience transfer to and learning by other players in the petroleum sector.
The investigation will be summed up in a report published on psa.no.
Statfjord is a field in the Tampen area in the northern part of the North Sea, on the border between the Norwegian and UK sectors. The Norwegian share of the field is 85.47 per cent. The water depth in the area is 150 metres. Statfjord was discovered in 1974, and the plan for development and operation (PDO) was approved in 1976.
The field has been developed with three fully integrated concrete facilities: Statfjord A, Statfjord B and Statfjord C. Statfjord A, centrally located on the field, came on stream in 1979. Statfjord B, in the southern part of the field, in 1982, and Statfjord C, in the northern part, in 1985.