The audit was conducted from 18 to 20 October 2023.

The activity was carried out as an interdisciplinary audit of emergency preparedness and materials handling.


The objective was to audit processes and systems that help ensure comprehensive management of emergency preparedness and materials handling.


We identified three non-conformities:

  • There were omissions in a firefighting equipment cabinet.
  • It was not adequately ensured that lifting operations relating to the MOB boat could be carried out in a proper manner.
  • It was not ensured that Equinor’s own procedure for performing work at height was employed so as to fulfil its intended function, in that there were not 3 persons designated organisational roles, nor was there documented training. This meant that the risk of performing work at height was not adequately assessed by the company    

We also identified three improvement points:

  • There was no plan for training or exercises for the deputy role for functions with deputy roles, and there was a lack of clarity in the emergency preparedness plan for the deputy role.
  • The crane's secondary evacuation route was not designed such that evacuation could take place in a simple, quick and safe manner.
  • Lifting operations could not be carried out in a fully prudent manner because restrictions had been placed on lifting heights above the main deck.

What happens now?

We have asked Equinor to report to us on how the non-conformities will be addressed and for their assessment of the improvement points identified. The reply deadline is set at 15 December 2023.