AN APPROACH TO FIRE CONTROL IN OFFSHORE OPERATIONS IN THE NORTH SEA

The frequency of the occurrence of fires in offshore operations worldwide is low and the majority of these can be dealt with at the location by trained personnel using installed fire-fighting equipment. Nevertheless, for the hostile environment of the North Sea with its huge complex platforms, considerable effort has been directed towards resolving the problem of dealing with fires of disaster proportion by planning to have special floating equipment available in order to preserve the integrity of the large multi-million dollar structures. The total approach to fire precaution and control is discussed. The paper summarises the results of some two years of committee effort by the United Kingdom Offshore Operations Association Limited, which benefitted from worldwide experience of the oil industry, and as a result of which parameters were established for the design of purpose built fire control vessels and proposals made for their location and operating mode in the areas of concentrated industry activity in the North Sea. However, the approach is applicable to any area in the world where similar operating and environmental conditions prevail.

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  • Pagination: p. 405-416

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00138219
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Offshore Technology Conference
  • Report/Paper Numbers: V2, OTC 2558 Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 23 1976 12:00AM