Ballast Control Operator’s Course

Prerequisite for a United States Coast Guard Offshore Installation Manager, Barge Supervisor, or Ballast Control Operator license for personnel working on Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODU)

Course Detail

The “Stability and Ballast Control for Mobile Offshore Drilling Units” Course is being offered Gulf Coast Training Technologies as a prerequisite for a United States Coast Guard Offshore Installation Manager, Barge Supervisor, or Ballast Control Operator license for personnel working on Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODU) This course will teach stability principles of both Jack-up type Units and Semi-submersible Mobile Offshore Drilling Units to personnel serving aboard these type vessels.

Goal

Upon successful completion of Gulf Coast Training Technologies aforementioned course, the student will: understand initial stability theory, be able to calculate moments and centers of gravity, calculate draft, list and trim, and understand the concepts of free surface effect. Also, this course will utilize the “Coastal Driller” MOM to emphasize the use of operation manuals in the daily stability operations of a Jackup MODU, and the “Deep Driller” operating manual for operations on board a Semi-submersible MODU. Additionally, roleplaying students will offer insight to effective countermeasures into worst-case and damage Surface Units & Active scenarios for both types of units.

CERTIFICATES NEEDED FOR MODU

  1. Advance Fire Fighting (AFF).
  2. Proficiency in Survival Craft & Rescue Boats (PSCRB).
  3. Personnel Safety & Social Responsibilities (PSSR).
  4. Medical First Aid (MFA).
  5. Personal Survival Techniques (PST).
  6. Fire Prevention & Fire Fighting (FPFF).
  7. Elementary First Aid (EFA).
  8. Advanced First Aid (AFA).
  9. Helicopter underwater escape training (HUET).

OR

  • TROPICAL BASIC OFFSHORE SAFETY INDUCTION & EMERGENCY TRAINING (T – BOSIET).
  • TROPICAL FURTHER OFFSHORE EMERGENCY TRAINING (T – FOET).

ANY ONE OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED CERTIFICATE

AND

  • PASSPORT
  • C D C

MODU COURSE SYLLABUS

DAYTIMESCHEDULESUBJECT AREA
ONE0.5 HR0700 – 0730(0) Registration and Orientation
2.5 HRS0730 – 1000(1) Initial Stability Theory,   (classroom lecture/written exercises)
0.25 HR1000 – 1015Break
1.75 HRS1015 – 1200(1) Initial Stability Theory – Continued (classroom lecture/written exercises)
1.0 HR1200 – 1300Lunch
2.0 HRS1300 – 1500(2) Calculations of Moments & Centers of Gravity (Classroom lecture/written exercises)
0.25 HR1500 – 1515Break
1.75 HRS1515 – 1700(2) Calculations of Moments & Center of Gravity /Introduction to Load Form (Continued)
1700 – 1800Optional Study Period with Instructor
DAYTIMESCHEDULESUBJECT AREA
TWO2.25 HRS0730 – 0945(3) Draft, List, & Trim (Classroom lecture, written exercises)
0.25 HR0945 – 1000Break
2.0 HRS1000 – 1200(4) Free Surface Effect (Classroom lecture, written exercises)
1.0 HR1200 – 1300Lunch
1.0 HR1300 – 1400(5) Semi-submersible Operations Manual/Introductory Overview (Deep Driller)
1.0 HR1400 – 1500(6) Deep Driller Lecture/Written Exercises – Hydrostatic Tables, Tank Tables, Piping Systems & Mooring
0.25 HR1500 – 1515Break
1.75 HRS1515 – 1700(6) Deep Driller Lecture/Written Exercises – Hydrostatic Tables, Tank Tables, Piping Systems & Mooring
1700 – 1800Optional Study Period with Instructor
DAYTIMESCHEDULESUBJECT AREA
THREE2.25 HRS0730 – 0945(7) Effect of Weight, Ballast, & Free Surface on Stability (Deep Driller Load Form Exercises)
0.25 HR0945 – 1000Break
2.0 HRS1000 – 1200(7) Effect of Weight, Ballast, & Free Surface on Stability (Deep Driller Load Form Exercises) cont.
1.0 HR1200 – 1300Lunch
1.0 HR1300 – 1400(8)
1.0 HR1400 – 1500(9)
0.25 HR1500 – 1515Break
1.75 HRS1515 – 1700(9)
1700 – 1800Optional Study Period with Instructor
DAYTIMESCHEDULESUBJECT AREA
FOUR2.25 HRS0730 – 0945(10)
0.25 HR0945 – 1000Break
2.0 HRS1000 – 1200(10)
1.0 HR1200 – 1300Lunch
1.0 HR1300 – 1400(11) Storm Survival Preparations – Coastal Driller (Lecture/Written Exercise)
1.0 HR1400 – 1500(12) Storm Survival Preparations – Deep Driller (Lecture/Written Exercise)
0.25 HR1500 – 1515Break
0.75 HR1515 – 1600(13) Damage Stability & Damage Control – Coastal Driller (Lecture/Written Exercise)
1.0 HR1600 – 1700(14) Damage Stability & Damage Control – Deep Driller (Lecture/Written Exercise)
1700 – 1800Optional Study Period with instructor
DAYTIMESCHEDULESUBJECT AREA
FIVE2.25 HRS0730 – 0945(15) Worst Case Scenarios – (Role Playing/Written Exercise)
0.25 HR0945 – 1000Break
1.0 HR1000 – 1100(15) Worst Case Scenarios – (Role Playing/Written Exercise) cont.
1.0 HR1100 – 1200(15) Worst Case Scenarios – “Ocean Ranger Disaster” Video
1.0 HR1200 – 1300Lunch
1.0 HR1300 – 1400(16) Course Review/Instructor Critiques
1.0 HR1400 – 1500Final Examination, Part I – Load Form Calculations
0.25 HR1500 – 1515Break
1.75 HRS1515 – 1700Final Examination, Part II – Multiple Choice Questions