From 29 January to 2 February 2018, we carried out an audit of Transocean and the company’s management of emergency preparedness and logistics on the Transocean Spitsbergen mobile drilling facility.


The audit identified several breaches of the regulations within the domains of emergency preparedness and logistics.

Some of the non-conformities relate to matters that have emerged from audits of other Transocean facilities.

Non-conformities and improvement points

The audit identified seven regulatory non-conformities. Four improvement points were also identified. 

Based on the findings made, we have issued Transocean with an order. An order is a strongly preventive instrument which is legally binding on the recipient.

We have now given Transocean the following order:

Pursuant to the Framework Regulations, Section 69 concerning administrative decisions, with reference to the Management Regulations, Section 6 on the management of health, safety and the environment, the Management Regulations, Section 21 on follow-up and Section 22 concerning the handling of non-conformities, Transocean is ordered to implement the following measures: 

  1. To review the company’s management system and associated work processes so as to ensure rectification of technical, operational and organisational faults and deficiencies. The work shall include an assessment of why observations from audits within logistics and emergency preparedness on other Transocean facilities have not been identified and rectified on Transocean Spitsbergen.
  2. To review measures to ensure that outcomes and lessons learned as a result of the order include all facilities under Transocean’s responsibility in Norway.

What happens now?

A time-delimited schedule for complying with the order shall be sent to us by 23 March 2018. The schedule shall describe how this work is to be performed and followed up and when the order will have been complied with.