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PSA: Several Scarabeo 5 breaches found

Written by  Wednesday, 10 May 2017 10:28

Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority’s (PSA) investigation into Saipem’s Scarabeo 5 semisubmersible fire in the Njord field revealed several regulatory breaches that occurred in November 2016.

Image of the Scarabeo 5, from Saipem.

The PSA’s report says the fire was caused by a leak in a diesel oil pipe associated with a generator, and resulted in damage to equipment.

The fire occurred in the vessel’s port engine room while it was moored on the Njord field in the Norwegian Sea. However, Scarabeo 5 was not connected to a well at the time.

One person was sent to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation, and was discharged the following day.

A number of regulatory breaches were identified, including missing and inadequate barriers which could have prevented the incident. A number of underlying technical, organizational and operational causes have contributed to the incident, the report says.

Nonconformities include fire prevention measures in the engine room, maintenance management, the system for handling emergency responses, and the system for training and drills.

In addition, the PSA’s investigation team identified improvement points related to management and systems as well as the system for following up supplier recommendations.

The PSA says it has asked Saipem to explain how the nonconformities will be handled and for an assessment of the improvement points which have been identified. Saipem has six weeks to reply.

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