DNV GL publishes gangway standardLegislation and Procedures // December 10, 2015
Classification society DNV GL has published the first industry standard providing guidance on offshore personnel transfer by gangways. DNV GL said it hopes the document, DNV GL-ST-0358, will help ensure safe operation of offshore access systems and enhance transparency in this segment of the industry.
“By addressing a complete set of requirement for materials, strength, safety and functionality as well as testing and recommended in-service follow-up, we have created a dedicated standard to make gangway operation safer and more efficient,” said Per Arild Åland, who works in business development, offshore classification, at DNV GL – Maritime.
Until now, an ISO7061 standard from 1993 has partly served as a reference document for the use of offshore access systems, despite only addressing ship-to-shore transfers. Apart from ISO07061, offshore gangways are also certified using man-riding crane standards. This limited relevance and lack of offshore specific requirements drove the development of the new standards from DNV GL.
In 2013, DNV GL gathered leading industry players in a joint industry project to examine offshore gangway transfer operations. Experience gained through this ‘walk-to-work’ project resulted in the publication of an industry guidance to assist facility operators achieve safe and efficient personnel transfers to/from their facilities. The new standard is the result of further development work and research at DNV GL and covers the majority of gangway operations offshore including where there is controlled or uncontrolled people flow.