It is highly recommended that all companies owning and/or operating dynamically positioned vessels commit to employee skill advancement. It is not only DP operators who need to have a good understanding of this complex system, but all key personnel (such as fleet managers, staff engineers, construction and technical superintendents as well as diving supervisors and drilling staff) should be introduced to the world of DP by taking a familiarisation course.
This course is very beneficial as operations involving DP can be optimised after participants broaden their knowledge regarding the system. The course content is based on IMCA guideline M117.
The focus is on preparing DP key personnel for emergency situations and applying prior DP knowledge to take necessary action. The target group is made up of both more experienced and junior DP operators. The course consists of simulator exercises with briefing and debriefing/feedback included.
Alternating listening, observing, thinking, doing and reflecting increases the outcome and efficacy of the training.
DP Emergency Combined
It is also possible to combine bridge and engine simulators in order to allow engine room and bridge officers to take the course simultaneously. Officers must work as a team to solve problems and tackle various difficult situations during DP operations.
Combining engine room and bridge staff and approaching the ship as a system both significantly improve co-operation, communication and teamwork.
This course improves ship-handling skills of crew working in the offshore industry. The tailored scenarios allow the crew to practice manoeuvring in different situations and areas, including approaches to offshore fields and using ship models designed for offshore operations.
The training is a combination of theory, simulator exercises and debriefing sessions.
The course is designed to improve both safety and situational awareness during anchor-handling operations. The crew is trained on manoeuvring the vessel and safely coordinating winch operations with the deck. The winch operator must maintain adequate levels of communication with the ship-handler and deck besides managing the crucial tasks of handling the winches and pins/jaws.
Diverse scenarios are simulated, such as chaser back, buoy recovery, emergency towing and pullback. Customised courses can also be developed observing company-specific needs and areas of operations.