Customer: Mr. Dipayan Chakraborty (Chief Engineer at Global Process Systems)
Location: Dubai
Year: 2019

There is no single regulation for the definition of the mandatory requirements regarding obstruction lights. There are the ICAO international guidelines, but many countries preferred to draw up their own domestic regulations (the most important is the FAA for the United States). Furthermore, the purpose of the regulations is to define the specific requirements concerning the type of lamps and their positioning, leaving out all the other aspects. For these reasons, many engineers often remain disoriented and do not find the answers to their doubts in the regulations.

Mr. Dipayan Chakraborty, Chief Engineer of Global Process Systems has written us an email asking us for an opinion. He was soughting information by reading the ICAO regulations, but he did not find any answer to his question: is it mandatory or not to provide an access platform to easily carry out the maintenance of the lamps placed on the “flare”?

This is regarding one of the Offshore Projects undertaken by our company.
I have the following query related to Aircraft warning lights in offshore platform flare Tower.
We are facing a brownfield project situation where lights are provided without any access.
Is it mandatory to provide access platforms for maintenance of light? Is there any guideline which advises the requirement?
I was trying to collect recommendations from International guidelines or past executed projects to establish that these lights belong to infrequent maintenance category.
Shall appreciate your advise.

We know how frustrating it is to deal with regulations and, since we too are engineers, we know how complex maintenance could be. For this reason, we replied that the platform is not mandatory, but it is strongly recommended.

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