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Beyond lifetime criteria for offshore cranes

The offshore oil and gas industry has been operating in the North Sea for the past 30 years, with the consequence that many of the early platforms are approaching the end of their design life. However, the economics oft the offshore industry are such that there is a drive by duty holder's to maximise their assets by extending their use. Presents a review of current regulatory requirements and best practice to enable checklists to be produced to assist HSE (OSD) inspectors when reviewing/auditing a duty holder's safety case justifying the continued operation of a pedestal crane once it has gone beyond its design life. The approach considered the contents of the duty holder's crane safety submission, and how they would be affected by beyond design life issues. An appraisal of the ongoing cross industry Step Change initiatives to improve safety management performance on platforms that are below the industry average was also included.

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Updated 2010-03-19