The increased focus on barrier management, in Norwegian waters especially, led us to identify that a number of processes required further formalisation and a need to become more transparent.
In operations, management of change ties in closely with the technical safety aspects of managing safety critical equipment, as the Macondo investigation documented.
The management of change processes at Maersk Drilling underwent a major revamp in 2013 with the goal of simplification and user friendliness, as well as providing a stronger link with the Maersk Drilling Barrier Management Strategy, which has been implemented in SIRIUS.
Further, an e-learning program for offshore personnel concerning the application of management of change and risk assessment in the process has been developed and will be issued in 2014.
The Barrier Management Strategy approach has been tested on Mærsk Inspirer and the new XLE rigs, including the development of a new type and format for performance standards, providing a clearer link with assurance activities managed through the maintenance management system. Reception of the new approach has been good and it will be used on newbuildings going forward. A roll-out for existing rigs on the Norwegian Continental Shelf is planned for 2014.