LEADING Australian offshore support company Bhagwan Marine has achieved an industry first and an important milestone with the recent receipt of notification from NOPSEMA of acceptance of the Safety Case submitted for the vessel Bhagwan Dryden.

The important Safety Case documentation includes hydrocarbon work scope activities under the Safety Case regime addressing all potential risks associated with operating adjacent to offshore facilities.

Bhagwan Marine managing director Loui Kannikoski said the safety features and risk mitigation capabilities covered by the NOPSEMA regulations for operating alongside a facility are considered new benchmarks for addressing credible risks resulting from an unplanned hydrocarbon release which could pose a threat to both the facility and to Bhagwan Dryden.

He said the new NOPSEMA Safety Case provides a unique point of difference from conventional vessels that presents an additional layer of safety.

Bhagwan, which offers unique vessel-subsea solutions to the Australian oil and gas, resources, civil construction and defence industries, has recently undertaken a number of specialist projects for the local petroleum industry

These include IMR work scopes completed with ENI (Woollybutt and Blacktip), Quadrant Energy and Vermilion, as well as ongoing scopes for Chevron and Samsung/Inpex.

Mr Kannikoski said these work scopes demonstrate the flexibility and usefulness of the company’s marquee vessel, the Bhagwan Dryden, a 57M Survey, ROV & Air Dive Support Vessel, which is the world’s first hybrid diesel/electric vessel to hold both NOPSEMA and DMP accepted Safety Cases.

“In delivering these scopes Bhagwan’s subsea team have provided a variety of technical services such as 3D Data Capturing, Multi-beam Survey, Side Scan Sonar, CP surveys and Trailing Wire CP, Retrofit CP systems, ROV Inspection, Diving Services, Pipeline Stabilisation, Engineering support and Magnetic Particle Inspection (MPI), Ultrasonic and Alternating Current Field Measurement (ACFM) inspections,” Mr Kannikoski said.