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Brazilian Compliance for FPSO upgrade project


Client: International FPSO Operator
Industry: FPSO
Asset: FPSO unit for Brazil deployment
Location: Europe
Year: 2017



An FPSO operator needed to adapt one of their FPSO units to the specific requirements of the Brazilian Regulatory Standards (NRs, IBAMA, NORMAM, etc) to prepare for an upcoming contract offshore Brazil. Due to lack of knowledge over this scope, as the vessel has been deployed in the North Sea for the past 29 years, the client has invited the Axess Group to perform an audit of the vessel during its redeployment works in Europe.


The safety regulation for vessels operating in Brazilian jurisdiction waters are regulated by the Consolidation of Labor Laws and by Norma Regulamentadoras (NR). These mandatory legislatives require the utmost safety of equipment such as lifting equipment, boilers, pressure vessels, piping, and electrical installations. Axess project managed a turnkey solution covering all NRs, IBAMA and NORMAM scopes during the unit’s shipyard stay in Europe.  

With collaborative support from Brazil, Norway and Singapore office, Brazilian CREA engineers were deployed from February to December 2017 to carry out the inspections and certifications. Necessary workshops, design review, risk assessment, technical analysis, site inspections and safety concept of the equipment and machineries were carried out to ensure that they are in conformity to the various Brazilian regulations before sailing to Brazil.


All the punches related to Brazilian Compliance were identified and closed during the duration of the project. Axess’ excellent HSE, technical expertise, professionalism and clear communication process exceeded the client’s expectations. The vessel’s Chief Mate said: “I must say that I am highly impressed by all the efforts that the team has put in for last few days and not least today having the audit completed in half a day whereas originally we had allocated total 2 days.”


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+47 982 43 600
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St. John's
Axess Baffin Inc.
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St. John's, Newfoundland
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1400 Broadfield Suite 300
Houston Tx. 77084
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Calle Bosque de Ciruelos 180 PP 101
Colonia Bosque De Las Lomas
CP 11700 Cuidad De Mexico
+52 938-152-7688
Axess North Sea Ltd.
Axess House,
Twin Spires Business Park,
Mugiemoss Road, Bucksburn,
Aberdeen, AB21 9NY
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Axess Guyana Inc.
2 Avenue of the Republic
Georgetown, Guyana
+592 222 2216
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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
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Edificio Joia Rara, 3º Andar 3.5/3.6,
Av. Revolução de Outubro No 8, Cassenda, Maianga
Luanda, Angola
+244 933 316 388
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Office 106, 1st Floor, Block 2,
Northgate Park, Brooklyn
Cape Town, South Africa
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7014 Trondheim
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7300 Orkanger
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0160 Oslo
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3141 Anas Bin Malik, Al Malqa Dist.
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
+966 59 427 0293
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807 X2 Tower, X Cluster,
Jumeriah Lake Towers
Dubai, UAE
+971 4565 7913
Axess Offshore Korea LLC
22nd Floor KNN Tower, Centum-ro 30
2203-ho, Haeundae-gu
Busan, South Korea
+82 10 2696 2016
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B2-701, 7th Floor,
Kanakia Boomerang,
Chandivali Farm Road
Andheri East, Mumbai- 400072
+91 22 4604 3533
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Nordic European Centre, #05-31 South Wing,
3 International Business Park
Singapore 609927
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304 Newcastle St
Perth WA 6000
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