Are you prepared like BW Offshore?


On the 11th February 2015 an explosion occurred on the Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) unit Cidade de São Mateus in Brazil. The unit was operated for Petrobras by BW Offshore. The accident led to the loss of nine lives. The incident investigation pointed, amongst other things, to the need for more effective emergency response arrangements.

Following this, Safetec was engaged to review, improve and align BWO’s emergency response for all their FPSOs operating worldwide. Safetec started this work in March 2016, and the project was finalized in 2017. The project had the following deliverables:

  • Major Accident Events (MAEs) relevant for all BWO units
  • Standardized Emergency Response Strategies, Principles and Organizations
  • Standardized Emergency Response Plans, Action Plans and Checklists
  • 11 two-day workshops for the Offshore Emergency Response Management and the Asset Managers. The workshops were held in Rio de Janeiro, Singapore and Amsterdam. The aim for these workshops was to anchor the new Emergency Response Plans and carry out training on how to manage an emergency response situation.

An important aspect in the project was standardization of Emergency Response Plans and the Emergency Response Organizations as BWO operates Units across the globe. The standardization ensures robustness in the Emergency Response Organization and enables a safer and more efficient rotation and exchange of key personnel between the Units.

The new format for Emergency Response Plans has proven to be very user friendly and we have received very good feedback from end users.

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