General – DOF Subsea
Australian offshore regulator, NOPSEMA, stated that DOF Subsea Australia (DOF), was convicted on three counts, negligently breaching its health and safety duties under the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Storage Act 2006.
The breaches occurred during saturation diving undertaken in 2017 at the Ichthys Field on the Skandi Singapore Facility. This included saturation diving operations from a diving support vessel to facilitate the repair of subsea infrastructure located on the seabed at a water depth of between approximately 237 and 270 meters.
Between 6 December 2017 and 7 March 2018, NOPSEMA received complaints from seven of the saturation divers, advising of neurological injuries sustained during the diving operations.
On 6 December 2017, NOPSEMA commenced a major investigation into complaints received and subsequently forwarded a brief of evidence to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.
As Australia’s independent, expert regulator for the offshore energy industry, the workplace health and safety of the offshore workforce is at the core of what we do.
NOPSEMA will continue to take enforcement action that is appropriate to the seriousness of any incident.