Joint safety challenges in Statoil and Hydro

August 26, 2002, 01:00 CEST

January 14, 2002 was the kick-off of a joint Statoil and Hydro campaign to increase safety in the supply chain. Collaboration on their own and each others safety is regarded as both appropriate and important.

The supply chain is defined as the coordination between support units on land, suppliers, bases, vessels and offshore installations. Hydro and Statoil have a total of 55 installations. Each year 700,000 tonnes of supplies and 1,300,000 of bulk goods are taken on board offshore installations.

”The campaign focuses on existing requirements for supply. We must comply with our procedures and best practice and be aware of the consequences of the failure of a link in the chain. We also focus on the importance of the right competence at all links, and in promoting the right behavior,” underlines Sjur W. Knudsen, who is in charge of Logistics and Marine Operations in Hydro.

“We hope that this campaign will increase awareness of the next link in the chain – both ahead and behind each individual. Each link depends on everyone following procedures and routines,” he points out.

”We shall reverse the trend of a growing number of incidents and near accidents in connection with supply to drilling and production installations. We hope that we will get feedback on all the improvement measures that have been identified so far, so that we can maintain focus on improving safety in the supply chain,” he says. Meanwhile, a number of improvement measures are being worked on in the Logistics and Marine Operations unit. The campaign has been developed in collaboration Statoil and will be implemented in both companies.

“We have had the same challenges as Hydro with regard to competence and attitudes, and working on this together is very valuable. There is no reason to compete in this area, rather the opposite,” says Thormod Hope, senior vice president Emergency Preparedness, Marine Operations and Air Transport in Statoil.

“The new procedure has given us a boost in our safety work and logistics,” he agrees.