Norway watchdog finds shortcomings after fatal Maersk rig accident

Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has ordered Denmark’s Maersk Drilling, a subsidiary of conglomerate AP Moller-Maersk, to carry out a review of its systems and operations after a fatal accident on the Maersk Interceptor rig in December 2017.

Based on its preliminary investigation, the PSA identified serious shortcomings in systems and processes for materials handling. One person died following an accident on the Maersk-owned drilling rig at Aker BP’s Tambar oilfield off Norway. “The joint investigation team of Maersk Drilling and AkerBP is working to identify the circumstances surrounding the tragic incident,” said Jakob Korsgaard, managing director of Maersk Drilling Norway, noting that Maersk Drilling was fully supporting investigations by the Norwegian police and the PSA. “We are determined to identify the root cause of the incident and we can confirm that we have received and will comply with the Notice of Order from PSA related to the incident,” Korsgaard said.