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Canada Oil and Gas Installations Regulations (SOR/96-118)

Regulations are current to 2019-08-28 and last amended on 2009-12-31. Previous Versions

PART IGeneral Requirements (continued)

Protection Against Impact Offshore

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (4), every offshore platform shall be designed to withstand accidental impacts with a vessel.

  • (2) Where practicable, every offshore platform shall have a fender system, buoyage system or similar arrangement that will permit the transfer of goods to and from the production installation and a vessel without endangering that production installation or vessel or any person or goods.

  • (3) Subject to subsection (4), every offshore platform, including any fender system, shall be capable of absorbing the impact energy of not less than 4 MJ from a vessel without endangering any person or the environment.

  • (4) Subsections (1) and (3) do not apply to an unmanned offshore platform if any impact described by those subsections will not cause major damage.

  • (5) Every offshore platform shall be designed so that the impact energy referred to in subsection (3)

    • (a) can be totally absorbed in the permanent deformation of the structural element impacted and by the elastic deflection of the platform; and

    • (b) will not be absorbed in the permanent deformation of the vessel.

  • (6) Where a fender system is used to comply with subsection (2), its size and arrangement shall be such that a vessel cannot be trapped under it at low tide.

Navigational Equipment

 Every offshore installation shall be equipped with the navigation lights and sound signal systems that are required by

  • (a) in the case of a mobile offshore platform, the Collision Regulations, as if the offshore installation were a Canadian vessel; or

  • (b) in the case of a fixed offshore platform, sections 8, 9 and 10 of the Navigable Waters Works Regulations, as if the offshore installation were in waters to which those Regulations apply.

Lifesaving Equipment for Offshore Installations

  •  (1) Every offshore installation shall be provided with

    • (a) subject to subsection (2), in the case of a manned installation, two or more totally enclosed survival craft that have a combined carrying capacity of at least 200 per cent of the total number of persons on board the installation at any one time, and in the case of an unmanned installation, one or more totally enclosed survival craft that have a combined carrying capacity of at least 100 per cent of the total number of persons on board the installation at any one time;

    • (b) one or more inflatable liferafts, that have a combined capacity for accommodating at least 100 per cent of the total number of persons on board the installation at any one time, and that

      • (i) meet the requirements for inflatable liferafts set out in Schedule XI to the Life Saving Equipment Regulations, as if the liferafts were in waters to which those Regulations apply,

      • (ii) have float free capability,

      • (iii) if embarkation is more than 4.5 m from the waterline at the survival draft, are equipped with a launching device, and

      • (iv) are equipped with Class A equipment as described in Schedule II to the Life Saving Equipment Regulations;

    • (c) in the case of a manned installation, immersion suits for 200 per cent of the total number of persons on board the installation at any one time, that conform to National Standard of Canada CAN/CGSB-65.16-M89, Marine Abandonment Immersion Suit Systems, and that are stowed such that one suit is readily available adjacent to each bed and the remaining suits are equally distributed among evacuation stations;

    • (d) in the case of an unmanned installation, immersion suits for 100 per cent of the total number of persons on board the installation at any one time, that conform to the National Standard of Canada CAN/CGSB-65.16-M89, Marine Abandonment Immersion Suit Systems, and that are equally distributed among evacuation stations;

    • (e) a lifejacket for each of the persons on board the installation at any one time; and

    • (f) in the case of a manned installation,

      • (i) a motor-propelled rescue boat that

        • (A) meets the requirements for rescue boats set out in Regulation 47 of Chapter III of International Maritime Organization International Conference on Safety of Life at Sea,

        • (B) is located under a device capable of launching and retrieving the boat when the boat is fully loaded with equipment and complement, and

        • (C) is self-righting,

      • (ii) lifebuoys that are distributed on the decks of the installation, and that are stowed in a bracket or cleats, in at least the following numbers, namely,

        • (A) 8 lifebuoys for an installation that is 100 m or less in length,

        • (B) 10 lifebuoys for an installation that is more than 100 m but less than 150 m in length,

        • (C) 12 lifebuoys for an installation that is 150 m or more but less than 200 m in length, and

        • (D) 14 lifebuoys for an installation that is 200 m or more in length,

      • (iii) a rescue basket capable of accommodating at least six persons,

      • (iv) 12 Type A distress signals, as defined in the Life Saving Equipment Regulations,

      • (v) a Class I emergency position indicator radio beacon, as defined in the EPIRB Regulations, in each control station,

      • (vi) at least two radar transponders stowed in two widely separated locations, except in the case of surface mobile offshore platforms,

      • (vii) in the case of surface mobile offshore platforms, at least one radar transponder, and

      • (viii) two buoyant personnel transfer baskets.

  • (2) Each of the totally enclosed survival craft provided on an offshore installation shall

    • (a) meet the requirements for Class I lifeboats as set out in Schedule V to the Life Saving Equipment Regulations, as if the survival craft were in waters to which those Regulations apply;

    • (b) be equipped with

      • (i) a compression ignition engine with two independent starting methods and with sufficient power to propel the craft when fully loaded,

      • (ii) an engine block heater, a head bolt heater or any other means of ensuring prompt engine start in cold weather,

      • (iii) a two-way fixed radio capable of permitting communications with other survival, support and rescue craft,

      • (iv) a towing attachment,

      • (v) the equipment required by Schedule I to the Life Saving Equipment Regulations, as if the installation were a Class I ship to which those Regulations apply,

      • (vi) a launching device,

      • (vii) a radar reflector,

      • (viii) a Class II emergency position indicator radio beacon, as defined in the EPIRB Regulations, and

      • (ix) a hand-held radio;

    • (c) be self-righting;

    • (d) be fire-protected;

    • (e) be capable of a speed of not less than 6 knots;

    • (f) have a self-contained air supply sufficient for at least 10 minutes;

    • (g) be stored or equipped

      • (i) in the case of a column-stabilized mobile offshore platform and a fixed platform, so as to launch in a bow out aspect, and

      • (ii) in the case of a self-elevating mobile offshore platform, so as to clear each leg, column, footing, brace or mat and any other similar structure below the hull;

    • (h) be positioned so that half the survival craft are close to the accommodation areas and the other half are appropriately located on the other side of the installation, taking into consideration the shape of the installation and the type of associated facilities;

    • (i) be stowed in a secure and sheltered position that is protected from damage by fire or explosion; and

    • (j) be stowed in such a manner that two crew members can carry out preparations for embarkation and launching in less than 5 minutes.

  • (3) The launching devices for the totally enclosed survival craft, the rescue boat and the inflatable liferafts provided on an offshore installation shall

    • (a) meet the requirements for launching devices set out in Schedule IX to the Life Saving Equipment Regulations, as if the launching devices were located in waters to which those Regulations apply;

    • (b) be sufficiently strong to permit each survival craft, rescue boat or liferaft to be safely launched or lowered into the water when loaded with its full complement of persons and equipment; and

    • (c) situated so as to permit each survival craft, rescue boat or liferaft to be launched clear of any obstruction resulting from damage of the extent described in the Code referred to in subsection 57(9).

  • (4) Half of the lifebuoys provided on an offshore installation shall be equipped with self-igniting lights, and not fewer than two of those lifebuoys shall be equipped with self-activating smoke signals.

  • (5) Two lifebuoys provided on an offshore installation not equipped with lights and smoke signals shall be fitted with a buoyant lifeline, the length of which shall be at least one-and-a-half times the distance from the stowage deck to the waterline at the transit draft, or 30 m, whichever is greater.

  • (6) There shall be posted on every offshore installation, including in the control station and in each accommodation area and work area, copies of a plan showing the position of all the lifesaving appliances.

 
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