Leading safety and integrity in jack-ups
Head of operations, Navtech Marine Services
Steve Haro is a seasoned member of the offshore community in the Middle East: part of the founding team of Navtech Marine Services, he has worked in the region for 11 years. An offshore and naval architect by education and trade, he has overseen the construction and commissioning of five self-propelled jack-ups (SPJUs) for Navtech.
The company was created in 2007 to provide SPJUs for use by national and international oil companies and EPCI contractors operating in the Middle East. Today, Navtech has three barges chartered on long-term contracts, and has transformed itself into a fully-fledged operator, offering well-services, accommodation, and maintenance services. Navtech is also expanding its fleet. Three vessels are in the pipeline, with one already under construction.
“We’re working to meet the requirements of operators in the region. Our new vessels are larger, and are upgraded to meet the latest NOC and IOC standards”, explains Steve.
Navtech turns to Bureau Veritas for a range of third party services relating to safety, quality and environmental management. Bureau Veritas performs inspections for ADNOC as an Independent Comptetent Person, including ICP audits on board the vessel and ICP verification of jacking trials. This year, it performed Safety Cases and identification of Safety Critical Elements for the three vessels in Navtech’s fleet according to the national oil company’s standard. A first in the region, the standard draws on best practices developed in the North Sea.
Steve is clear about why Navtech chooses to work with Bureau Veritas: “When we have a need for third party verification, we automatically call Bureau Veritas. We appreciate their values. They are neutral, discreet and professional, and we have a good working relationship with them.”
Navtech also uses Bureau Veritas for QHSE certification – a topic Steve knows well as he himself is a certiﬁed Lead Auditor for ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001. Bureau Veritas performs ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 audits. The company has already begun the transition to the new ISO 45001 standard for health and safety, and will be doing its transition audit with Bureau Veritas next year, two years ahead of the deadline.
“These services are important to us as Navtech sees QHSE as integral to maintaining our technical and commercial leadership. We aim to further enhance our QA/QC and HSE policies, and we seek to apply strong ethics standards in our relationships with clients, employees and suppliers.”
Looking ahead, Steve sees further opportunities to work with the Bureau Veritas group.
“One point we appreciate is their integration of Matthews Daniel. Having such a recognized marine warranty and risk specialist as part of their offer is very valuable. It’s definitely on our radar: we’ve added them to our list of approved suppliers and are likely to call on their services in the future.