Next Generation Verification of Offshore Assets

Downie, Jack (DNV GL)


Objective/Scope: How will Verification Schemes of the future give clarity within risk management and process safety while providing increased value and cost savings to the Operator? Verification was first introduced to the UK in 1998 and is now required throughout Europe following the introduction of the 2013 EU Directive on Offshore Safety. It is intended to provide operators, the regulator and other stakeholders reassurance that the SECEs are operating as intended and therefore risks related to major accident hazards are managed. Much has changed in the industry over the last 30 years: our collective understanding of Major Accident Hazards (MAH) and the contribution made by Safety and Environmental Critical Elements (SECEs) has improved, safe systems of work have become more advanced, computerised maintenance management systems have developed and offshore communication and technology is unrecognisable compared to the 1990s. This paper will explore whether the role and scope of the verifier has moved with the times and offer suggestions as to how maximum benefit and value can be achieved by Verification. Methods/Procedures/Process: We have taken a critical review of the Verifier role and whether we still meet the original intent of the legislation, we have addressed the following specific questions in this regard: - Has our technical scope of work transformed since Certification of Fitness days?