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    UKOOA issues revised guidelines for ERRVs

    News // April 15, 2005
    The UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA) and the Emergency Response and Rescue Vessel Association (ERRVA) have issued joint guidelines covering the management and survey of emergency response and rescue vessels operating in UK offshore oil and gas fields.

    The guidelines update and replace previous issues published under the old titles of Guidelines for the Safe Management and Operation of Vessels Standing by Offshore Installations and its sister publication Guidelines for Survey of Vessels Standing by Offshore Installations.

    The documents are designed to help offshore installation operators comply with the Prevention of Fire and Explosion and Emergency Response (PFEER) Regulations, in particular with regard to the arrangements for rescue and recovery of personnel from the sea to a place of safety. They also provide masters and crews of emergency response and rescue vessels and offshore installation managers with general guidance on the role and expected performance standards of the vessel and its crew in various operationaland emergency scenarios.

    The latest revisions, carried out in consultation with the Health and Safety Executive and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, aim also to further consolidate industry performance standards and compliance with both Offshore Safety and Maritime legislation.

    They include guidance on risk assessment, new validation procedures for rescue and recovery performance trials and the introduction of standard oil spill training and exercises. Updated requirements for the design of new build and converted vessels to enhance visibility from the bridge are also covered.

    Emergency Response and Rescue Vessel Management Guidelines Issue 3 and Emergency Response and Rescue Vessel Survey Guidelines Issue 4 are available for order on the UKOOA website www.oilandgas.org.uk.

    Bob Kyle of UKOOA said: "The revised guidelines were jointly prepared by a working group comprising UKOOA and ERRVA members and demonstrate our commitment to securing continuous improvement in the standards of design, equipment and personnel on these vessels."

    John Wilson of ERRVA said: "In an industry where legislation is evolving all the time, it is critically important for the emergency response sector to keep pace with change and maintain the high standards it has set for itself over the years. These newguidelines are significant moves in that regard."

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