SAFETY RULES MAY RAISE RIG CONSTRUCTION COSTS

Safety regulations which could add an estimated quarter of a million dollars to the cost of building mobile offshore drilling units are expected to be adopted by the U.S. Coast Guard. Proposed early in 1977, the new requirements will probably be adopted towards the end of 1978. There will be two years in which to make the necessary changes to existing units. The safety regulations are aimed at bringing mobile units which rest on the bottom under Coast Guard control in the same way as floating drilling vessels, so that all units would be inspected and certified by the Coast Guard and subject to the agency's rules for design, equipment, and operation. It is intended that the regulations shall apply to all units operating in U.S. waters. Of greater concern to the industry are worldwide standards now being drafted by IMCO and due to be considered in 1979. The Coast Guard proposals represent a step toward the development of these IMCO requirements. Briefly, provisions of the proposed rules considered by the Coast Guard to be significant departures from existing regulations are for: Inspection, testing, and design of material-handling cranes. Helicopter facilities, fuel storage, transfer equipment, and visual aids. Stability. Fire extinguishers in various new locations. Lifesaving equipment, instruction, and periodic drill. Personnel working over water, crane and power truck operations, storage and handling of hazardous materials, and helicopter refuelling. Industrial system on the units, e.g. cementing and circulation systems such as mud pumps and other pressurised systems. Order from BSRA as No. 50,046.

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    Petroleum Publishing Company

    1200 South Post Oak Road
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  • Authors:
    • Baxter, N
  • Publication Date: 1978-9

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  • Pagination: p. 43
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  • Accession Number: 00194242
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Ship Research Association
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 13 1979 12:00AM