An Introduction to DP & Bridge Operations for IMCA trainee and Certified diving supervisors

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Course Code: 305

Start Date:
28/02/2020 Torquay, UK
01/05/2020 Torquay, UK
06/06/2020 Torquay, UK
Course Fees: £600
Duration: 2 Days


Most commercial diving offshore in the present era is carried out from vessels on DP, because it provides a stable, yet mobile, platform for operations and is almost unconstrained by water depth and subsea structures. However, incidents with DP vessels continue to happen and it is important that Dive Supervisors understand the principles of DP so that they can react appropriately to unexpected events and avoid making decisions which can adversely affect the position keeping of the vessel.

Presented by a DP Captain with years of experience in DSVs and Construction Vessels, this course aims to supplement the training for Dive Supervisors with a detailed explanation of Dynamic Positioning including: Position References, Sensors, Propulsion, and Power Systems. It explains the principle of redundancy and its implications for diving operations. It discusses the documentation and audits that are required for DP operations and the organisations which are involved in DP vessel approvals. A number of DP incidents are discussed in detail.

The focus is always on the way that these elements impinge on the diving and other subsea operations and the way that those operations can, if managed badly, lead to loss of redundancy and at worst, loss of position.

The course goes on to explain the uses of Survey equipment, including: UTMs, different Datums, the difference between True and Grid north, and the way in which moves are carried out, including discussing the interaction between the Supervisor and the DPO with particular emphasis on communications.

Other forms of subsea operations are explained, both from the point of view of parallel operations with diving and as stand-alone operations managed by a Bridge or Shift Supervisor. These include, various ROV operations from Survey to Construction, Pipelay (Rigid and Flexible, J-Lay and S-Lay) and Heavy Lifts.

The course ends with a module on Safety, the responsibilities of the Supervisor, and the leadership required by anyone fulfilling that role.

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