In fact, the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) advises that its Chief Safety Officer (CSO) issued an Order to Suncor Energy pursuant to Part III.1 of the Atlantic Accord Implementation Acts, in accordance with its “Policy Respecting Public Disclosure of Incidents and Related Information.”

The CSO ordered Suncor to ensure that a fall protection system is used for all vertical ladders greater than six meters in length that are not fitted with a protective cage, at or near the Terra Nova Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel.


The Order follows the C-NLOPB’s review of Suncor’s investigation report into the December 30, 2019 incident that resulted in an injured worker on the Terra Nova FPSO.

Namely, it was in late December when Suncor Energy reported the incident that occurred earlier in the day to Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB).

The offshore medic and emergency response team were called to the scene. The injured worker was transferred to St. John’s by medevac on Sunday evening and is currently in the hospital under medical care.

The C-NLOPB’s review of this matter continues, including follow up offshore by Safety Officers who are currently onboard the Terra Nova FPSO.

It is said that production-related operations on the Terra Nova FPSO were previously suspended and the suspension will continue until the regulatory non-compliance identified by the CSO in the Notice to Suspend issued on December 19, has been addressed to the satisfaction of the CSO.

Notably, in July, an incident took place aboard the Terra Nova FPSO offshore Canada, when an offshore worker was exposed to chemicals. The Offshore Safety Body of Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board then described the incident as 'potentially fatal,' as the worker was exposed to hazardous contents of a slop tank such as, hydrogen sulfide and benzene.

As C-NLOPB then reported, which cited a report from Sunci, immediately after the incident, the slop tank work scope was stopped and a health assessment of the worker was completed for potential exposure of harmful substances from the slops system.

What is more, in October, a near miss incident took place on the Terra Nova FPSO when a trolley assembly fell onto an enclosure; Although there were no injuries reported, C-NLOPB said that would be monitoring Suncor's investigation of the incident.

According to Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board, at the time of the incident workers onboard the Terra Nova FPSO were conducting a lifting using an air hoist that travels on a trolley assembly through the lower turret to the roof of the Quick Connect DisConnect (QCDC) room.

When the lift was completed, the workers began preparations to store the air host and trolley assembly when a sling failed. Thus, the trolley assembly weighing approximately 200kgs fell approximately 34m onto an enclosure below.