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    DP Centre unveils DSV/construction vessel management course

    News // March 25, 2009

    The DP Centre in the UK has developed a Diving and Construction Vessel Management Course, with a view to enhancing the knowledge of those working onboard, besides others in senior management positions offshore, connected with such vessels.

    These vessels are of a specialised nature and by understanding the scope of its activities and limitations they be managed safer and better. The course will be of three day’s duration and is available at any of the six global training centres.

    The course has been developed to give masters and managers of dive and construction vessels a better understanding of a multitude of tasks that are carried out offshore, particularly related to diving vessels.

    It will benefit the many DP Operators who want to shift from PSVs or other types of OSVs to the more sophisticated environment of Dive Support Vessels (DSVs) and construction vessels. They will be well equipped for such a transition. Whilst many of the topics are of a general nature as regards operations, there is a tilt towards dynamically positioned vessels.

    Said the DP Centre: "As the ISM Code places a lot of responsibility on the master, he needs consider various activities involving divers, delving into what used to be entirely the domain of the diving superintendent."

    Some of the topics covered in the course, include:

    • The Master and ISM  Code
    • Diving Vessel operations
    • Permit To Work (PTW)
    • Annual Audits
    • Handling of Offshore Projects
    • Offshore Inspection and Maintenance, Non-destructive testing, Magnetic Particle Inspection
    • Impact of Lord Cullen report on offshore diving
    • Diver systems and Equipment
    • Saturation Control and Dive Control
    • Air Diving and Saturation Diving, umbilical management
    • Considerations for saturation diving, including gas mixtures
    • Diver tasks, underwater photography
    • Diving in poor visibility, over leak sites, or contaminated waters
    • Habitat Diving
    • Diving during ROV operations
    • Offshore Production Systems: Fixed Platforms, Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessel (FPSO), Single Point Mooring (SPM)
    • Inspection Diving techniques: Inspection Diving, Underwater cleaning, Corrosion inspection, 
    • Underwater techniques - Underwater welding, hyperbaric welding, concreting, rigging and lifting, explosives and explosive tools
    • Health and Safety Issues related to Divers – including Gas mixtures, Saturation Tables, Diver’s bends, De-compression
    • Diver Emergencies, including Offshore Diving Emergency Procedures, lost bell recovery, bell to bell transfer, hyperbaric boat evacuation, accidents involving using high pressure jet, Bail out bottles, Gas hazards, treating medical emergencies onboard, transmitting diver medical data ashore, underwater explosion, fatal incident handling, Fire and flooding onboard Dive vessel
    • Dive Ship bilging – considerations including practical examples, temporary repairs to damaged hulls
    • Lost Bell survival and recovery
    • DP Incident reviews
    • Risk Analysis and Job Hazard Analysis. Risk Management
    • DP Alert status
    • Simulator based exercises for DP Vessels – one every afternoon. DP Trials, use of Checklists.


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