DRILLBITS – April 2014
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IADC South East Asia Chapter Elects Officers
Members of the IADC South East Asia Chapter elected new Chapter Officers at a 1 April Extraordinary General Meeting in Singapore.
The purpose of the meeting was to act on the desire of both IADC and the member companies located in South East Asia to revitalize the dormant chapter and elect new office bearers to replace the current officials. Officers include:
Chairman: Glenn Gipson of Diamond Offshore
Vice Chairman: Manav Kumar of Dynamic Offshore Drilling
Secretary/Treasurer: Graham Buchan of Halliburton
The newly elected officers will be working closely with IADC and the support of other appointed Chapter Advisory Support Committee members from other IADC member companies in the region to pursue a further candidate for a second Vice Chairman position.
The South East Asia Chapter remains a registered entity with the Registrar of Societies, Singapore, and aspires to strengthen and grow its prominence and network of members in the region.
For more information, please contact Chit Hlaing at Chit.Hlaing@iadc.org.
API Publishes Recommended Practice 99, Flash Fire Risk Assessment for the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry
API recently published Recommended Practice 99, Flash Fire Risk Assessment for the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry, First Edition. The recommended practice provides guidelines on hazard identification and risk assessment exercises to assess and mitigate the risk of human injury caused by exposure to a flash fire.
The scope of the document is limited to personnel exposed to the risk of hydrocarbon based flash fires in the upstream exploration and production sector of the oil and gas industry.
For more information and to order, visit API’s website
IADC Issues Latest International Regulatory and Standardization Activities affecting the Offshore Oil and Gas Industries Report
The newest edition of IADC’s semi-annual report, International Standards Activities Affecting the Offshore Oil and Gas Industries is now available via IADC’s website.
Among other important topics, highlights of the report include the following:
- Possible amendments to the ILO’s Maritime Labour Convention, now that it has entered into force
- Development of a mandatory IMO Code for ships operating in Polar waters
- Amendments to the MODU Codes to mandate enclosed space entry and rescue drills
- Revised IMO Recommendations for the Training and Certification of Personnel on Mobile Offshore Units (MOUs)
- Revised IMO Guidelines for a structure of an integrated system of contingency planning for shipboard emergencies
- Carriage of more than 12 industrial personnel on board vessels engaged in international voyages
- IACS Guide for the Development of Shipboard Technical Manuals
- ISO TR 31004:2013 – Risk Management – Guidance for the implementation of ISO 31000
- ISO TR 12489:2013 – Petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries – Reliability modeling and calculation of safety systems
- API Bulletin 97 – Well Construction Interface Document Guidelines, First Edition
- OGP Standards and guidelines for drilling, well constructions and well operations
- OGP Shaping safety culture through safety leadership
For more information on the report, please contact Alan Spackman at Alan.Spackman@iadc.org.
OGP Publishes Report 501: Crew Resource Management for Well Operations Teams
OGP recently published Report 501: Crew Resource Management for Well Operations Teams. The report is a result of a project undertaken by the University of Aberdeen on behalf of OGP. Its aim was to develop a recommended syllabus for Crew Resource Management (CRM) training customized to the needs of well operations teams.
To access the report, visit OGP’s website.
European Union Offshore Authorities Group Considers Industry Input on EU Offshore Safety Directive
On 1 April, IADC was represented at the European Union Offshore Authorities Group (EUOAG) meeting in Brussels to discuss implementation of the EU Offshore Safety Directive. Industry representatives were invited to participate in the meeting to provide comment on the common reporting format of offshore safety incidents. Those in attendance highlighted their concerns about the criteria used in defining a reportable release of hydrocarbons. Both IADC and OGP would like to see a common global standard and recommended API 754 and OGP Report 456 as the defining standards. The EUOAG agreed to further consider these comments and a final set of revised documents is being circulated.
For more information, please contact John Boogaerdt at John.Boogaerdt@iadc.org.
US Fish and Wildlife Services to Revisit Listing Unique Grouse Population in Nevada and California
The US Fish and Wildlife Service is revisiting its proposal from last fall to list a subpopulation of the greater sage grouse found in central California and southwest Nevada as threatened. The service is also reopening a proposal to designate 1.8 million acres as critical habitat to help save the bird, according to a notice published in the 8 April Federal Register.
The Fish and Wildlife Service is reopening the public comment period for both proposals, and will accept public input through 9 June. A final determination will be made in April 2015.
IADC Visits MTC Training Facility in Amsterdam
In April, IADC’s John Boogaerdt visited the Maritime Training Centre’s (MTC) offshore safety training facility in Amsterdam. The facility is housed in an old shipyard building near the center of Amsterdam and boasts separate pools for two helicopter underwater-escape training (HUET) modules and sea survival and lifeboat training. Training classes are run in parallel, which minimizes waiting time for participants. The facility also includes a 16 m high wind turbine mock-up for escape training and a virtual reality room for team training.
MTC Amsterdam has innovative practices designed to increase training efficiency. For example, assessing the competencies of each participant before a course enables their training to be focused on the skills and knowledge they lack. In this way, the training is more interactive and reduces the training time for experienced workers.
Melissa Mejias joins IADC as Legislative Analyst
Melissa Mejias recently joined IADC as Legislative Analyst within the Policy, Government and Regulatory Affairs Division. In her role, Ms. Mejias will focus on offshore legislation and assist with international affairs. She is based in Washington D.C.
Previously, she held a safety compliance and environmental role as Manager of Marine Safety and Investigations at the Liberian International Ship and Corporate Registry. There, she assisted with writing and revising maritime rules and regulations and the development of regulatory policy, while also advising on relevant regulatory and legislative developments affecting the offshore industry. She has received global recognition for assisting in the resolution of several high profile maritime labor cases.
Melissa is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy and has a Master of Public Administration from American University. She also holds a Third Mate’s Unlimited License and is a Lieutenant in the Navy Reserves.
She can be reached at 202.293.0670 or via email at Melissa.Mejias@iadc.org.
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