GUIDING OFFSHORE REACTIVATION
As with any industry, the offshore energy sector is constantly subject to market cycles.
Trends may lower demand, resulting in a number of resources being deactivated for potentially extended periods. Over time, though, cycles reverse, and demand increases for these same assets.
Upon reactivation, clients and other stakeholders demand a level of assurance that an asset will continue to operate in the same manner as it had prior to lay-up. Of course, proper lay-up preparation and maintenance serve as critical means of achieving efficient reactivation.
With owners and operators subject to time and financial constraints, however, this is not always a guarantee.
Realizing this, MAC and Bureau Veritas have been very active in the development of guidance and recommended practices verifying that reactivation has been addressed properly.
The Marine Technology Society, with the direct input of MAC, has spearheaded an effort to develop reactivation guidance specifically designed to support the efficient return of dynamically positioned assets to service. Currently still in draft form, this guidance served as a basis for Bureau Veritas Guidance Note NI 649 DT R00 E, Guidance for the Lay-Up and Reactivation of DP Vessels.
Such guidance provides the industry with assurance of continued safe and reliable operation regardless of lay-up preparation or degree of maintenance. Both documents highlight the critical issues considered when undertaking reactivation with the common objective of rebuilding stakeholder confidence in systems and assets. The industry demands that safe, effective operations continue before and after reactivation.