The Petroleum Safety Authority’s (PSA) audit of emergency preparedness and the helicopter deck forms part of the process leading up to the rig’s AOC Certification, permitting it to operate on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.
Results show that the rig is missing important emergency preparedness measures. The PSA’s report lists five discrepancies and eight areas for improvement.
Discrepancies identified concerns including insufficient and incorrect escape route signage, inadequately sized lifeboats according to regulations, and deficiencies regarding securing loose fittings.
The PSA has previously conducted an audit of maintenance management, electrical and safety systems, as well as its own supervision of the rig’s work environment. These inspections also revealed several discrepancies and points requiring improvement.
Scarabeo 8 was due to start drilling in the Goliath field located in the Barents Sea in May 2011, but the voyage from the 2010 fire at a yard in Palermo, Sicily, to last week’s christening in western Norway’s Ølensfjord has been long and tortuous.For the last 16 months, it has been at Westcon’s Ølensvåg yard for repair, reconstruction, and completion. Up to 1,600 people worked on the project.
Nevertheless, some testing still remains and the rig will not be ready for offshore operations for at least another month, one year behind schedule.