In June the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) released the new ISO 10855 standard, parts 1-3. This new standard was developed to address design, construction, inspection, testing and in-service examination of offshore containers and associated lifting sets.
The new ISO standard 'Offshore Containers and Associated Lifting Sets' is the first standard of its kind to be officially recognised globally.
Prepared by the ISO Technical Committee comprising of industry experts, of which Swire has been a key member over recent years, the work group were tasked with reviewing and developing the standardisations of Offshore Container best practice.
The key developments within ISO 10855 include:
- Requirement for stacking fittings, guides and other structures to be designed to reduce snagging
- Guidance for the use of top protection on Open Frames and Containers to reduce snagging
- Acceptance of slings marking on the ferrule rather than on a tag to reduce dropped objects
- Recognition of Eddy Current as an acceptable non-destructive examination method
- Next evolution of the standard will incorporate maintenance of in-service equipment
Swire Energy Services has always been at the forefront of industry best practice, be it from our contribution to the first Codes of Practice (1986) and British Standard (1989) to our participation in the development of the current European Norm (2006).
We are, as ever committed to ensuring our products are the easiest to work with but above all, the safest globally and we are delighted to be working towards ISO 10855 accreditation across our global fleet.
The offshore container has come quite some way and Swire Energy Services is extremely proud of the contribution our employees have provided to this development over the last 30 years.
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For more information regarding the new standard and how it applies to you please contact your local Swire Energy Services Representative.
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Andy has 20 years’ experience holding a variety of senior operations and HSEQ positions in businesses supporting the energy sector.
Andy joined SES in January 2012 as UK Operations Manager (North) responsible for managing our operations in Aberdeen, Great Yarmouth, Heysham, and Peterhead. During this period Andy was also instrumental in developing our internal sling manufacturing and inspection capabilities.
Andy later moved into the Group Quality Manager role with the remit of assuring continual improvement through the monitoring of quality performance, ensuring compliance of all newly procured offshore containers and portable tanks, and providing technical support to our global operations teams. Andy is also an expert in root cause analysis and as a qualified senior investigator in Kelvin TOP-SET methodology supports all high-level incident investigations across the business.
Additionally, due to Andy’s in-depth technical knowledge of offshore containers and lifting sets he was a member of the ISO technical committee (ISO/TC67/SC7) tasked with the development of International Standard ISO 10855 “offshore containers and associated lifting sets” and is a member of the Oil & Gas UK workgroup responsible for maintaining the best practice guidance related to the safe packing and handling of cargo to and from offshore locations.
In January 2020 Andy took the opportunity of moving into the exciting new position of Group Sustainability Manager. Although, this position has been created to ensure SES strives to meet all applicable UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through alignment with Swire groups’ SwireTHRIVE strategic framework, Andy’s primary focus is to ensure we meet our commitment of becoming carbon neutral by 2030 through the development of our decarbonisation strategy and implementation of key initiatives across the group. Delivering Carbon neutral by 2030 is in line with one of our core values of continuity and ensuring SES are a sustainable business for the future.