HEREMA Organisation, Policy & Strategy

HEREMA has been the transitional Competent Authority for Offshore Safety in Oil and Gas Operations in Greece since 28 July 2016, by means of Law 4409/2016 [1] (transposition of Directive 2013/30/EU [2]). According to said Law, HEREMA’s responsibilities 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, investigations, 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.

As the Competent Authority (CA) for offshore safety, HEREMA functions as an independent entity. This is secured by the following means:

The implementation of Article 8 and Paragraph 4 of the Law, relating to the amendment of the Internal Operations Regulation, whereas the CA is established as an independent division within HEREMA, answering directly to the Regulatory Manager, who leads the operation of the CA, having no other links to the licensing authority. The Regulatory Manager is currently the CEO of HHRM.
The members of the Board of Directors (BoD) of HEREMA are independent and have non-executive roles. As far as the activities and decisions of the CA are concerned, the BoD convenes in dedicated meetings.

[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