An investigation into a fatal incident on the Maersk Interceptor jackup rig last month in Norway found “serious shortcomings” in systems and processes for materials handling.
Following its investigation, Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) issued Maersk Drilling Norge a notice of order for the December 7 incident, in which one worker fell into the sea and was killed, and another suffered serious injuries, during the installation of a new seawater pump.
The notice of order has been issued based on PSA’s investigation on board the rig from December 9-13.
The rig was working for operator Aker BP at the Tambar field in the North Sea at the time, where it remains.
The PSA’s order found Maersk Drilling must review systems for follow-up and use of portable lifting equipment on all facilities in use on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS), including internal control, training of personnel using such equipment and transferring experience with using such equipment.
Maersk Drilling also must systematically identify and review all operations related to the materials handling process for the installation of seawater pumps on all NCS facilities, identify risk and implement necessary measures.
The deadline for compliance with the order is February 28; Maersk Drilling must present a plan for complying with the order no later than January 15.