Captain FPSO & WPP Installation Ergonomics

Captain FPSO & WPP Installation Ergonomics


Captain FPSO & WPP Installation Ergonomics


Captain FPSO is located 134km North-East of Aberdeen and is operated by Texaco North Sea UK.  Production came on-stream in 1997.  The field infrastructure comprises a wellhead protector platform (WPP), which is connected by a network of pipelines to an FPSO, on which the crude oil is processed and stored. Oil from the field is exported by shuttle tanker, either directly to customers or to the Nigg Bay terminal in the Cromarty Firth.

We were commissioned to undertake an ergonomics audit of the FPSO and WPP operations, assess manual handling operations on the installation and review the control room.  The results of the audit were to feed into Texaco's Behavioural Safety Modification Programme.

Our Human Factors consultants visited the installation for a one week period in June 2000.  We were given access to all areas of operation.  We met with key operational staff, reviewed safety records, observed operations in all areas.  The ergonomics audit covered:

  • Hardware issues
  • Design issues
  • Task issues
  • Environmental issues
  • Supervision and Management issues
  • ‘People’ issues

A series of recommendations were made obstructed walkways, excessive manual handling, crane operations, poor equipment & materials location, poor maintenance access, poor equipment design and damage to plant from container movements.

The outputs of the findings were also fed into the development of an FPSO Design Toolkit for the HSE.

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