Company: Sapura Drilling Services Sdn Bhd
Skills: Ballast Control
Experience: 3 + Years
Education: High School/Secondary
Salary: Competitive
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

In order to apply for this position, applicants MUST meet the following criteria. If your resume does not match these criteria, you will not be able to apply for this position.

Located in region: East & SE Asia

Qualifications & Certifications

  • Junior Secondary School Level Education Or recognized Experience/Training Certificate
  • Preferable to have at least a Class 3 (Deck) Certificate of Competency or equivalent
  • Certificate in Barge Stability 1,2 & 3
  • Holds STCW95
  • Valid BOSIET Certificate
  • Valid Offshore Medical Certificate



  • Preferably 3 years of experience as BCO
  • Or 10 years in the Marine / Offshore oil and gas industry preferably on mobile units.


Skill / Attributes / Competencies

  • Good level of verbal and written communication in English.
  • Maintain BMI levels as per Company & Client's requirements
  • The incumbent is expected to be mobile to cover similar roles within the fleet
  • Meet the training requirements as per Company's training matrix
  • Ability to competently and safely perform duties defined in the job description
  • Preferably extensive knowledge of marine operations and systems
  • Computer and IT literacy


Main Responsibilities

The BCO is the designated "person in charge" to maintain stability of the unit and evaluate the possible effect of load combinations while on station and when undertow. He maintains the unit at the required operating draft and keeps the unit upright and on an even keel unless otherwise requested by the OIM / Barge Engineer. He also ensures that the unit never exceeds the maximum load line limit of the unit.


Minimum Job Functions

Includes, but is not limited to and not in order of priority:

  • Directs ballast control operations
  • Calculates resultant list and prepares a ballast plan for every load 50MT and above outboard.
  • Prepares a Ballast plan for every lift 100MT and above, and for all DES Transfers
  • Ensure that any lift >100MT to/from bow must be:
    • Centered to centerline of the tender as close as possible
    • Radius of crane as close as safely possible
    • List and trim corrected
    • Pre-lift simulation done with actual condition before lifting
  • Maintain a precise log of all operations relating to ballast movements or the transfer or loading / discharging of other commodities such as fuel, water, bulk mud brine etc.
  • Make deck rounds to update and calculate the rigs stability twice per day or as required
  • Carries out a damaged stability calculation once every 14 days and records the findings.
  • Monitor alarm panels and advise the relevant departments of such alarms in a timely manner.
  • Keep all tanks full or empty where possible to minimize the effects of free surface
  • Monitor the drafts of the unit and keeping the unit upright and on an even keel. Do not allow the vessel to be loaded past her maximum load line limit.
  • Monitor the Fire & Gas Alarm Panels.
  • Monitor bilge and void space alarm systems and ensure all alarms are investigated immediately. Inform OIM and Barge Engineer of the location of the alarm.
  • Maintains stability of the rig while on station and when under tow.
  • Evaluates the possible effects of load combinations on the rig during unloading and back loading of supply vessels when the rig is under tow or on station
  • Assist the Barge Engineer during anchor handling, shifting and moving operations.
  • Supervises all major changes in deck load distribution, as well as shifting, loading and off-loading of fluids to and from the rigs tanks.
  • Assist the Barge Engineer in maintaining rig drawings and other documents related to the structure and equipment of the rig.
  • Ensure that the stability of the rig is maintained on a 24-hour basis and this information is recorded with respect to the marine operations of the vessel, including:
    • Wind velocity and direction
    • Wave height and direction
    • Current velocity and direction
    • Anchor Line Tension
  • Trim Rig whenever required by ballasting or deballasting.
  • Complete Tank soundings as required
  • Complete standard control room log book, daily ballast report and official logbook. With all relevant data.
  • Conduct daily pump room checks to ensure all ballast valves and alarm systems are maintained in good working condition.
  • Assist management in the planning and implementation of any project or improvement schemes that are considered necessary by Rig or Operator Management, including the use of the Management of change procedure to ensure proper implementation and approvals as well as monitoring the progress of such projects/schemes.
  • Assist Barge Engineer in developing the "move off" planning in the event of bad weather. (Ref Adverse Weather Procedure in TMS)
  • Provide a clear and accurate report of work status, their responsibilities and duties to their relief.
  • Communicate pertinent matters pertaining to the operation and equipment under their control to their relief at shift and crew changes
  • Read and ensure compliance with all Marine Procedures found in TMS but not limited to the following:
    • Rig Specific Operations Manual
    • TMS PRO-00-1016- Management of Marine Operations
    • TMS PRO-00-1244- Rig Move and Anchor Handling Operations
    • TMS PRO-00-0849- Stability Calculations
    • TMS PRO-55- 0122- Tender Preparation Heavy Lift
    • TMS PRO-00-0679- Ballasting Operations



  • Understand safety critical barrier responsibilities as defined within the Rigs safety case Understand safety critical barrier responsibilities as defined within the Rigs safety case (available from your supervisor)
  • Understand safety critical procedures, safety critical equipment and safety critical activities associated with safety critical barriers as defined within the Rigs safety case
  • Maintain effectiveness of safety critical barriers as defined in the Rigs safety case
  • Lead safety by example for all employees to follow
  • Promotes safety awareness and safe work practice among all the personnel on board
  • Actively participate in company and operator safety programs and initiatives
  • Participation and compliance with the Permit to Work system
  • Participate in pre-tour and pre-job safety meetings in compliance with the company requirements (which includes use of the 4-Point check / Energy Wheel and TBRA tools), participate fully in discussions, have determined the safest method to complete the task and have a full understanding of the work to be performed (especially their individual role)
  • Report all hazards and positively intervene in all observed unsafe acts (Stop Work Authority)
  • Participate in emergency drills, including post-drill debriefs
  • Attend General Safety Meetings
  • Carry out all work activities within the guidelines of Company or Operator Policies or Procedures
  • Ensure he is familiar with any delegated responsibilities as detailed in the Operators Emergency Response Plan
  • Familiarise him / herself with the Company Safety Policy and to take all reasonable care to ensure the health and safety of him / her and persons likely to be affected by his / her acts or omissions, as required under the company Safety Management System
  • Ensure they and persons under their authority attend safety meetings, emergency and lifesaving drills in accordance with the Company Safety Policy
  • Member of the emergency response Team for all emergencies, as described in the Contingency and Emergency Manual
  • Coordinate immediate notifications to the OIM and Barge Engineer in response to a Fire or Gas Alarm Panel activation
  • Participate in Emergency response drills including but not limited to fire and abandon rig drills and post-drill debriefs in accordance with the Station Bill and assigned responsibilities
  • Ensure proper use and care for their personal protective equipment
  • Ensure that all work areas for personnel are always, so far as reasonably practical, safe and clean.

Sapura Energy Berhad (“Sapura Energy” or “Group”) is a fully-fledged upstream player headquartered in Malaysia and one of the world’s largest integrated oil and gas services and solutions providers.

We provide a full spectrum of capabilities that covers the entire value chain of exploration, development, production and rejuvenation as well as decommissioning and abandonment.

With a multinational workforce comprising over 13,000 employees spanning 51 nationalities, comprehensive world-class assets and project management capabilities, the Group’s global presence is visible in over 20 countries. This includes Malaysia, China, Australia, Brazil, the United States of America, as well as those in Western Africa and the Middle East.

Sapura Energy is an international company with employees and clients from the world over. We offer opportunities to enhance your career across a full range of exciting roles in the upstream oil and gas industry: Fabrication, hook-up and commissioning, drilling services, production and exploration, geotechnical and geophysical survey, installation of pipelines and facilities, marine, diving and remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) services, operations and maintenance services.