Offshore Safety

HHRM has been transitionally appointed as the Competent Authority for Offshore Safety in Oil and Gas Operations in Greece since July 28th, 2016, through Law 4409/2016 [1] (transposition of Directive 2013/30/EU [2] ). According to the Law, the responsibilities of HHRM include:

Assessing and accepting Reports on Major Hazards. Assessing design notifications and notifications of well operations or notifications of combined operations.

Overseeing compliance by operators and owners of the Greek Offshore Safety Law, including inspections, investigation and enforcement actions.

Advising other authorities or bodies.

Making annual plans and producing reports.

Cooperating with other EU Competent Authorities.

Proposing the issuing of safety regulations and regulatory acts.

Incident Reporting

Operators and owners of offshore oil and gas installations shall notify HHRM without delay, of any major hazard indicators, pursuant to Article 25 of L. 4409/2016 and shall submit the report referred to in the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1112/2014 within 10 working days of the event.

Operators and owners of offshore oil and gas installations shall notify HHRM about the event, without delay, by telephone or by e-mail. The information provided should be unambiguous and consist of all factual information and data available at the time of notification.
According to the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1112/2014 (“Determining a Common Format for Sharing of Information on Major Hazard Indicators by the Operators and Owners of Offshore Oil and Gas Installations and a Common Format for the Publication of the Information on Major Hazard Indicators by the Member States”), common formats are specified in relation to: (a) reports from operators and owners of offshore oil and gas installations to competent authorities of Member States in accordance with Article 23 of Directive 2013/30/EU (b) publication of information by Member States in accordance with Article 24 of Directive 2013/30/EU. Operators and owners of offshore oil and gas installations shall submit the report referred to (a) above within 10 working days of the event.

Annual Reports

According to Article 24 of Law 4409/2016, the Competent Authority shall submit an annual report to the Commission containing the information specified in Annex IX, point 3.

 Annual Report 2016
 Annual Report 2017
Annual Plan

HHRM has developed an Annual Plan for the safety of Offshore Oil & Gas operations, in accordance with Article 21 par.3 of Law 4409/2016.

 Annual Plan 2018 (greek only)
Guidance Documents

Report on Major Hazards and Notifications
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 ALARP Guidance

 Verification Guidance

 Thorough Review of a Report on Major Hazards

[ 1 ] Law 4409/2016 (Official Government Gazette of the Hellenic Republic A’ 136 28.7.2016) “Framework on safety of offshore operations for exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons, transposition of the European Directive EU 2013/30, modification of the Presidential Decree 148/2009 and other provisions”

[ 2 ] DIRECTIVE 2013/30/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 June 2013 on safety of offshore oil and gas operations and amending Directive 2004/35/EC