Company: Transocean
Skills: Dynamic Positioning
Education: High School/Secondary
Employment Type: Full Time Salaried Employee
Location: Angola

Offshore Marine Group
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Job Summary
Operate the DP system and the VMS (where applicable) under the direct supervision of a certified DPO.
Job Description


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


  • None

Pre-Requisite/ Qualification:



  • High School Diploma (U.S.)/ Proof of Completion of Formal Education or Relevant Craft Certificate (where applicable) .
  • Successful Military Discharge - Preferred for U.S.



  • Graduate of Trade School or University where knowledge and training acquired are applicable to job requirements - Preferred .
  • Valid medical examination and vaccination certificates .
  • Knowledge of basic technical calculations required for the safe operation of the marine aspect of the rig .
  • Lifeboatman certificate

General Requirements :



  • Promotes a Safe and Respectful Work Environment: Proactively promotes and Maintains a healthy respect for open and transparent dialogue between all levels of personnel.
  • Demonstrates care for the safety and well-being of all personnel, at all times. Invests in each person to provide equal opportunity for development and advancement of those qualified, to fulfill their career objectives.
  • Respects the dignity of all personnel and recognizes their merit.



  • Attend and participate in all required Safety and Operational meetings.
  • Participate fully in the annual performance appraisal process, competency assessments based on performance against Operational Discipline requirements.
  • Complete company training requirements for the Dynamic Positioning Operator job level as per the training matrix.
  • Full participation in emergency drills and respond to emergency situations as per assigned duties on the station bill.

Operational Discipline Requirements :

Disciplined application and participation in the Task Planning & Risk Assessment Process. This means, doing the right thing, the right way, every time following Transocean 5 Key Expectations of Task Planning and Risk Assessment.

This is inclusive of:



  • Understanding and perform the roles and responsibilities as assigned at the pre-job meeting.
  • Understanding the hazards associated with the task.



  • Understanding and effectively implementing the control measures required to mitigate identified hazards.
  • Execute all tasks and task steps in a disciplined manner, following the sequence detailed in the relevant procedures.
  • Recognize at risk behavior or conditions during tasks and call 'Time out for Safety' when unsure, or when the job does not go as planned.
  • Participate in After Action Reviews to feedback lessons learned from performing the task.

HSE Requirements :



  • Report all incidents, potential hazards or abnormal situations to supervisors.
  • Actively execute work in accordance with Company Safety Processes, e.g. START, Task Planning Risk Assessment and use of the Prompt Card, Safe Manual Handling, Working at Heights, etc.
  • Call a Time Out for Safety (TOFS) when you do not understand the plan, when an unsafe condition is observed, or perceived, anytime personal impairment is recognized, when it's not clear what will happen next, or the hazards and associated risks for the task changes.
  • Participate in the execution of the rigs 'Hold the Zero' plan.



  • Comply with the company requirements to safeguard lone workers.
  • Maintain a safe and tidy work area throughout all tasks and on completion of tasks. .

The underlying expectation is that all duties are carried out in compliance with the Company Operational Discipline expectations and HSE requirements.
When considering assignment of duties for the Dynamic Positioning Operator, the Supervisor and the Dynamic Positioning Operator will apply the rules of task planning (CAKES) to determine if the assigned role is appropriate.
This means confirming that the individuals involved have the knowledge, skills, and experience to carry out the task, and the task plan complies with policy before they are authorized to proceed.

General Duties :




  • Operate dynamic positioning equipment under the direction of a certified 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 operatio n.
  • 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 .
  • 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 .
  • 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 .
  • 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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