Dynamic Positioning Operator (DPO)- 6th Generation
Transocean Ltd. - United States

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Reports to the Senior Dynamic Positioning Operator (DPO) and functionally to the Chief Mate

SUPERVISION:
None

LOCATION:
Dynamically positioned vessels

PREREQUISITES / QUALIFICATIONS:
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Valid Unlimited Mate License or Unlicensed * Trainee
  • Recommendation by Master/OIM or Rig Manager and supported by recent performance appraisal
  • Valid medical examination and vaccination certificates
  • Knowledge of basic technical calculations required for the safe operation of the marine aspect of the rig
  • Basic computer skills
  • Meet all requirements as listed on the WWTM and the WW Licensing Matrix including but not limited to the following:
o GMDSS license

o Lifeboatman certificate

o Radar observers certification with ARPA endorsement

o ECDIS training required on vessels with ECDIS equipment installed

  • DP Operators with a Nautical Institute Certificate prior to 1 January 2012 who do not hold an Unlimited Mate’s License will be grandfathered from the Unlimited Mate License requirement.
BASIC FUNCTION:
  • Operate the DP system and the VMS (where applicable)
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Operations/Maintenance:
  • Operate dynamic positioning equipment under the direction of the DPO
  • Operate and understand the ballast control system, Power Management System and fire and gas systems
  • Maintain the rig in a stable condition and at the correct draft and trim
  • Assist in the setup of the DP system operational parameters
  • Ensure that all DP system data are recorded
  • Advise the Driller and Chief Mate of potential position loss
  • Assist in performing Preventive Maintenance on DP equipment
  • Assist with running and maintaining records for hydrophones and subsea beacons
  • Make regular use of the onboard simulator, where available
  • Ensure that there is adequate power and reserves of power for the maintenance of position and operations; give immediate attention to any problems
  • Ensure that all defects and anomalies are reported to the Chief Mate or DPO and relevant department heads. Maintain records of these and ensure that they are corrected adequately
  • Understudy the DPO
  • Stand navigation watch as authorized by the individual’s license
  • Manage the deck crews, working outside with them as required
  • Sound ballast and bulk tanks. Assist with loading and sampling of bulk products as required
  • Assist Chief Mate and Master with deck operations as required.
  • Operate vessel’s radios as required
  • Operate vessel’s radars as required
  • Perform emergency duties and responsibilities as stated on the Station Bill, DP Emergency Response Plan and vessel specific Emergency Response Manual
  • Complete ISM familiarization material
  • Monitor all DP room alarms including DP system, VMS, Fire & Gas; Prioritize alarm response as necessary to maintain DP system operability by calling for technical assistance or additional DP room help
  • Assist as directed by Chief Mate with rig projects
  • Control the vessel using manual and joystick controls
  • Use the Data Logger to optimize DP and Power Plant Operations
  • Use the Data Logger to detect and mitigate DP and Power Plant problems
  • Use the Data Logger to backup data
  • Export Data Logger data to Excel Format
  • Use radar displays for detection and interpretation of local severe weather patterns
  • Know principles and planning of Power Plant operations
  • Possess a basic understanding of diesel generator controls, operations, and failure modes
  • Be familiar with principles of basic closed-loop control system theory
  • Be familiar with Emergency Response Manual
  • Be familiar with operation of all software required for the DPO position
  • Know principles of thrusters performance, failure modes, and operation
  • Know principles of DP operations
  • Possess basic knowledge of the practical operation of the DP control system, including changing between systems and the various modes of operation
  • Know principles of DP processing of reference systems, wind sensors, VRS, and other peripheral equipment
  • Know basic operational theory, calibration methods, and failure modes of electronic riser and stack angle sensors
  • Possess a basic understanding of WSOC, drift-off calculations, and riser analysis
  • Possess a basic understanding of rig offset test to verify stack heading
  • Possess a basic understanding of ROV operations
  • Possess a basic understanding of EDS sequences and BOP operations
  • Possess a basic understanding of drilling operations and well control
  • Possess a basic understanding of boat handling
  • Possess a basic understanding of helicopter operations
  • Be familiar with basic operational theory and failure modes of pitch/roll/heave sensors
  • Be familiar with basic operational theory and failure modes of satellite and acoustic position reference systems
  • Possess knowledge of general math, trigonometry, and geometry
  • Possess a basic knowledge of architecture of distributed automation systems
  • Possess system-specific knowledge of DP Control System redundancy, alarms and warnings
  • Possess system-specific knowledge of Vessel Management System redundancy, alarms and warnings
  • Know operational response to all DP alarms (who to call, what to do)
  • Know operational response to all Vessel Management System alarms (who to call, what to do)
  • Know vessel's operations manuals and communications system
  • Know vessel’s FMEA and its implications
  • Complete training on any other systems relevant to the DP
QHSE:
  • Incorporate the THINK planning process into all tasks, whether working alone or as part of a team
  • Participate in START Process
  • Call a Time Out for Safety (TOFS) whenever an unplanned hazard or a change in the expected results is observed
  • Carry out assigned duties in a safe manner according to Company policies and procedures
  • Assist the Senior DPO, DPO, Chief Mate and/or Master during emergency situations and emergency protection responses as designated on the Station Bill
  • Assist the Senior DPO, DPO, Chief Mate and/or Master during emergency situations and emergency protection responses as designated on the Station Bill
  • Perform emergency duties and responsibilities as stated on the Station Bill, DP Emergency Response Plan, and the vessel specific Emergency Response Manual
  • Assist in communicating all Company QHSE policies and other information to all rig personnel
  • Play an active part in the weekly meetings and all other Company safety management systems
  • Ensure that a high standard of hygiene and housekeeping is maintained onboard the rig
  • Perform planned maintenance of life saving, firefighting and other marine equipment
Personnel:
  • Meet the training requirements according to the applicable training matrix
  • Participate fully in the annual performance appraisal process
  • Assist in training of crewmembers in firefighting, safety and deck operations

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