The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has carried out an audit of Dolphin Drilling (Dolphin) and their management of emergency preparedness and technical safety on the Borgland Dolphin mobile drilling facility. The audit was conducted between 8 and 28 October 2021, with the assistance of the Norwegian Maritime Directorate.
The objective of the audit was to verify the company's compliance with the HSE regulations within the areas of emergency preparedness and technical safety.
The audit included systems for ensuring adequate:
• Competence for handling situations in which the emergency response organisation is involved
• Availability, condition and maintenance of equipment relating to technical safety and emergency preparedness
• Barrier management – including barriers where people are assigned tasks for achieving barrier functionality.
Eight non-conformities were identified during the audit. These were:
• Securing of equipment in normal operation
• Fire stations
• Training of the emergency response organization on board
• Open drainage system
• Measures to combat fire
• Weaknesses in safety systems
• Governing documents
Follow-up of non-conformities
In the audit, we also investigated whether and how non-conformities that we had previously identified at Dolphin had been addressed.
We found that the following non-conformities had not been addressed in line with Dolphin's feedback to us of 1 July 2016:
• Non-conformity concerning “Securing of loose equipment in normal operations” from chapter 5.1.3 of the report pursuant to the audit of 18 May 2016
• Non-conformity concerning “Fire stations” from chapter 5.1.4 of the report pursuant to the audit of 18 May 2016
What happens now?
We have asked Dolphin to report by 17 January 2022 on how the non-conformities will be addressed.