Updated: HSE orders Teekay to improve safety procedures on North Sea vessels

The Voyageur Spirit vessel.
The Voyageur Spirit vessel.

A UK watchdog has ordered vessel owner Teekay to smarten up its safety procedures following a “lifting incident” on the Voyageur Spirit ship.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said lifting procedures on the ship had been “revised” in the wake of the accident.

But the inspector said there was “no evidence” that the findings had been transferred to Teekay’s Banff and Foinaven vessels.

The inspector did not provide further details on the incident.

The Voyageur Spirit is located in the Huntington field, where it is producing for Premier Oil.

Banff is contracted out to CNR International and Foinaven is working west of Shetland for BP.

The inspector carried out checks on Teekay’s safety management system and found that the company was not providing arrangements for the “planning, organisation, control, monitoring and review” of protective measures for offshore workers.

The HSE report also said training covering “small-bore tubing” and “bolt tensioning” had not been completed on the Banff vessel.

It said similar issues had been flagged during inspections of the Voyageur Spirit in 2014 and the Foinaven in 2016.

The company, whose  offshore division has an office in Aberdeen, has until December 22 to comply with the improvement order.

A Teekay spokesman said: “We can confirm that we have received an improvement notice from the UK HSE and are working with the regulator to address the findings raised, within the given timeline.

“Health and safety management are the hallmarks of our worldwide activities and central to our operational commitments.

“We continuously endeavour to identify and eliminate foreseeable hazards with the aim to minimise the likelihood and impact of incidents, which may cause personal injury, illness, and damage to the environment.”