Offshore Loading Basic


This course is for officers working on shuttle tankers. Participants must have nautical education at management level, nautical certificate and have passed the DP Induction as well as the DP Simulator courses in order to attend this course.

After the course the participants should be able to handle shuttle tankers safely and efficient when loading at Tandem-FSO/FPSO, OLS and SBM offshore loading systems.
Emergency shut downs and berthing/unberthing, by exploiting engines, rudders and thrusters, under normal and severe conditions and with systems intact and with system errors.

Duration of the course is 5 days and the maximum number of participants is 6.

The course covers theoretical topics such as:

  • Rules and regulations
  • Offshore loading systems
  • General and field specific procedures
  • Maneuvering including the forces acting on hulls, rudders and propellers
  • Ship handling
  • Ship and tug interaction including emergency towing
  • The DP systems’ possibilities and limitations
  • Position reference systems; DARPS, APOS, Artemis, Radius and HiPap
  • Unwanted incidents including reports from IMCA, Petil, HSE and ship owner

Simulator cases include:

  • Ship handling and maneuvering including coastal/narrow water navigation
  • Berthing and unberthing with and without tugs
  • Approach, connecting, loading & disconnection at various offshore loading systems such as OLS, SBM & Tandem-FSO/FPSO
  • Ship handling in different weather conditions
  • Escape maneuvering
  • Engine trouble
  • Propellers failure
  • DP errors
  • PRS errors
  • ESD 1 and 2

In order to receive Document of Evidence the participants must pass a written and practical examination.

The course is developed according to the NWEA guidelines, O&G UK regulations and Statoil’s competence requirements.



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