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Safe lifting operations: Installations are poorly adapted for material handling

The installations on the Norwegian Continental Shelf are currently characterized by life extension and modernization of production facilities, to keep the production of oil and gas running. This involves replacement of large amounts of heavy equipment.  – The areas where this equipment is installed is often poorly adapted for material handling.  As a result, the use of temporary assembled lifting appliances is required to lift in and out equipment, says service manager for safe lifting operations in Axess, Magnus Gabrielsen.

-To achieve a safe lifting operation using temporary assembled lifting appliances requires careful planning. Axess is studying several possible installation methods in the planning phase. The different methods are evaluated though comprehensive risk assessment. This ensures that the chosen method gives us what we search for; a safe lifting operation. To comply with the PSA regulatory requirements, it is essential to use the NORSOK R-002 and R-003 regulations combined with a thorough risk assessment, says Gabrielsen.

Safe lifting operations have received increased attention over the last few years due to a number of serious incidents. An incident involving falling causes significant consequences.  Axess therefore carries out thorough planning and method studies to eliminate this risk. We also hold short seminars on Norsok R-002 and R-003 for our clients, to increase the knowledge of the regulatory framework. This keeps both the clients and us on our toes. 

Safe lifting in challenging environments

– According to Norsok R-003 all lifting operations shall be planned in advance. In the planning phase the focus is on finding the best method to implement a safe and efficient lifting operation. When a method has been selected, the planning work continues by implementing relevant regulatory requirements, facility specific requirements and procedures, as well as our own procedures for safe lifting operations, says Gabrielsen.

When the lifting operation starts Axess focuses on staff continuity in order to transfer the quality of the planning to the implementation phase. A lifting operation includes all administrative and operational activities before, during and after a load has been shifted. Staff continuity is an important factor in succeeding with a safe lifting operation.

– Through our framework agreement with Statoil, as specialists in complex and not complex lifting equipment, we have on several occasions experienced that the planning of a lifting operation has not been adequate in connection with installation of equipment. The focus of the manufacturer is often on optimum functioning of the equipment on installation and the client does not always have enough knowledge of the regulatory framework for lifting operations, Gabrielsen explains. 

 This has resulted in manufacturers supplying equipment that is not prepared for lifting, thus making installations considerably more expensive and time-consuming for the client. Axess aims to be involved at an early stage in these kinds of projects to be able to contribute to an optimum installation regarding safety and efficiency. 

– To us it is important that the people we choose to execute the different stages of the job are experienced in offshore work, that they know what the job involves and have a firsthand knowledge and understanding of the regulatory framework currently in force. This is one of the fields in which we excel, says Gabrielsen.

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Flexibility and efficiency

The offshore industry has safety at the top of their list of priorities. And right behind, we find another priority: efficiency. Two lifting operations executed by use of temporary assembled lifting appliances are never alike. The projects vary and there are a number of rig specific requirements and the common thread for them all is the requirement that a lifting operation must be carried out in a safe and efficient manner. 

– There are rig specific requirements for every single project and we constantly look for methods adapted to the specific project in question. It is about having an understanding of the regulatory framework that enables us to optimize the lifting with regard to safety and efficiency. If, for instance, we exaggerate the lifting capacity, the efficiency will be affected. We must calculate for both efficiency and safety and find the right method, Gabrielsen explains.

Specialist operations

Axess is a specialist business with its own specialist department. The regulatory framework often lays down requirements regarding the hiring of a specialist business in connection with lifting equipment and lifting operations, for instance when a temporary suspension point for loads weighing more than two metric tons is used. In each project, relevant regulatory and documentation requirements are defined by a team of engineers who plan the lifting operation together with the people from the specialist department.

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Axess AS
Oscar Hanssens vei 5
6415 MOLDE
+47 982 43 600
Axess North Sea Ltd.
Units 6 & 19 Robert Leonard Centre
Howe Moss Drive, Kirkhill Industrial Estate, Dyce AB21 0GG, UK
(duty): +44(0) 7912212854
St. John's
Axess Baffin Inc.
702 Water Street, Suite 201
St. John's, Newfoundland
+1 709 758 7937
Axess AS
Kokstadflaten 35
5257 Bergen
(duty): +47 976 88 578
Axess North America Inc
15915 Katy Freeway, Suite 501
77094 Houston, TX
+1 (281) 994-0367
Ciudad del Carmen
Axess Operations De Mexico S de RL de CV
Calle Bosque de Ciruelos 180 PP 101
Colonia Bosque De Las Lomas CP 11700 Cuidad De Mexico
+52 938-152-7688
Axess AS
Koppholen 25, 4313 Sandnes
Stavanger, Norway
(duty): +47 982 43 600
Rio de Janeiro
Axess do Brasil Ltda
Rua Dezenove de Fevereiro
171 - Botafogo
CEP 22280-030 Rio de Janeiro
+55 (21) 4108-0532
Axess Petrorig Ghana Limited
3rd floor, The Pelican
8 Blohum Street, Dzorwulu, Accra, Ghana
+233 (0) 30 397 0548
Rainha Ginga
127 Luanda, Angola
+27 82 202 5266
Cape Town
Axess Africa Ltd.
1 Nares Street
7925 Cape Town
+27 82 202 5266
Axess AS
Nedre Bakklandet 58C
7014 Trondheim
(duty): +47 982 43 600
Axess AS
Grønøraveien 1
7300 Orkanger
(duty): +47 41 78 06 30
Axess AS
Filipstad Brygge 1, 3rd Floor
0252 Oslo, Norway
(duty): +47 982 43 600
Axess Offshore Korea LLC
#103 (Aju-dong Hyunjin Evervil) B1 Yang 1-gil, Geoji-Si
Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea
+82 10 2696 2016
Axess Offshore (Mumbai)
B2-306, 3rd Floor
Kanakia Boomerang,
Chandivali Firm Road
Andheri East, Mumbai- 400072, India
Axess Offshore Pte Ltd
Nordic European Centre #05-31 South Wing
3 International Business Park
609927 Singapore
+65 6908 4174
Axess Offshore Australia Pty Ltd
304 Newcastle St
Perth WA 6000
+61 4 3373 0739
Axess Offshore Australia Pty Ltd
140 St Georges Terrace L28,
Perth WA 6000
+61 4 3373 0739
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