DNV leads JIP of marine heavy lifting standards

Unified approach to subsea lifting safety and operations to be delivered as recommended practice.

Høvik, Norway-based Det Norske Veritas (DNV) has kicked-off a joint industry project (JIP) to develop a unified approach to subsea lifting. The JIP aims to increase efficiency and safety during equipment design, operations and maintenance. DNV’s Bob Oftedal explained, ‘Existing standards and regulations do not meet the challenge. The JIP will develop a unified safety approach. So far 14 key international offshore players have joined the project.’

Subsea lifting standards and regulations have not kept pace with the demand for increased lifting capacity at ever increasing water depths. Oftedal added, ‘Instead, the required safety level has been defined by clients’ specifications, technological boundaries and manufacturers’ considerations, rather than regulatory documents acknowledged by all the stakeholders.’ DNV is inviting industry to develop a unified approach to subsea lifting design which will result in a recommended practice. Current JIP members include Statoil, Petrobras, Marathon, Technip, Subsea7, Saipem and Heerema. More from DNV.

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