We have recently made a change to our website – the addition of a ‘DP Floatover’ page provides pictures and details of the eleven previous floatovers ADPS have been involved in using Dynamic Positioning.
A link to the new page can be found at the navigational section towards the top of the website.
ADPS have recently created an online survey to find out how you rate our services.
We would very much appreciate it if you could take a minute to fill this out for us using the link below;
Every year ADPS hold a competition which gives you, the mariners, a chance to send in your photo’s from your trips around the world.
Twelve of these entries are then hand picked by us in the office to be months on the calendar. From these twelve one is voted the winner of the competition and receives a £200 gift voucher for a Red Letter Day experience.
ADPS would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who entered the competition by sending in a photograph or two! All of your entries were fantastic!
A reminder to all that the 2016 competition will be accepting entries in January 2015.
This years winning photo was submitted by Terry Welsh – congratulations to Terry from all of us at ADPS!
The International Maritime Organisation has agreed to an effective delay for the implementation of new training and certification requirements for ship Ship Security Officer’s and seafarers with designated security duties.
The requirement was set out by the 2010 Manila Amendments to the STCW, but with a lack of information passed to Mariners and Seafarers and with the deadline of 1st January 2014 fast approaching it became apparent to all parties concerned that this was unachievable. The new guideline sets out a date of 1st July 2015 for all mariners and seafarers to access the relevant course and training.
It became quite clear to all industries involved that this change wasn’t communicated to all relevant parties concerned, with the deadline approaching Mariners were unable to access the approved relevant course enabling them to return to sea.
The Nautical Institute has postponed the re-validation of DP Operator certificates to January 2015. In order to revalidate your DP Certificate you must have over a 150 days of DP sea time within the last 5 years.
The Re-validation will be phased as follows-
2015 – Revalidation of Certificates issued from 1984 to 2002, 2009 and 2010
2016 – from 2003 to 2004 and 2011
2017 – 2005 to 2006 and 2012
2018 – 2007 – 2008 and 2013
2019 – certificates issued in 2013 and onwards.
The qualifying 150 days must be logged in your NI or IMCA logbook. A company confirmation letter will be required for time logged from 1st January 2014.
a. If more than 150 days DP sea service is done within a period of 5 yrs, then the person needs to re-send the documents to the NI to replace the Certificate with a new validity date.
b. If the DPO has less than 150 days of DP sea service within 5 years, then the person needs to do an advanced course and a minimum of 30 days DP sea service.
c. If no DP sea service is obtained within the period of the last 5 years. The the person would have to undertake an advanced course and do a minimum of 60 days DP sea time on a DP vessel to have his/her licence re-validated.
d. If the DP professional has been engaged in an occupation the NI considers being equivalent to the sea service (DP lecturer/instructor, DP Surveyor, DP Consultant, Auditor, Superintendent, Supervisor), it will be required for the re-validation of his/her DP certificate a minimum of 150 days in the activity claimed of the preceding 5 years.
e. A person can apply with a mix of experience.
The port of Ras Laffan in Qatar is leading the way in safety by making it compulsory for any offshore vessel entering the port to have a valid OVID inspection. This came into effect on the 1st January 2014 and will be fully compliant by 1st July 2014. This is a first for any port and shows how the port authorities are focusing on Health & Safety. The move is welcomed by OCIMF and they will no doubt encouraging other ports to follow Ras Laffan’s example.
ADPS offers accredited OVID inspections at clients request and welcomes this move by one of the fastest growing ports in the Middle East which can only benefit all parties involved.
The MLC and what it means to the Offshore Industry
DPS are pleased to announce that upon the UK ratifying the MLC, ADPS qualified as MLC compliant. As suppliers of crew and crew management services this has been an achievement that endorses to our clients and ship owner/operators that we maintain our high standards of crew care.
MLC stands for Maritime Labour Convention, and is a comprehensive international labour convention that was adopted by the International Labour Conference of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in February 2006. It sets out seafarers’ rights to satisfactory conditions of work and helps to create conditions of fair competition for ship owners. It is intended to be globally applicable, understandable and uniformly enforced.
The MLC, 2006 has been designed to become a global legal instrument that will be the fourth pillar of the international regulatory regime for quality shipping. The MLC will complement the three other key Conventions of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) namely:
- Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS)
- Standards for Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW)
- Prevention of Pollution from Ships, or Marine Pollution (MARPOL)
The convention consists of the sixteen articles containing general provisions as well as the Code. The Code consists of five Titles in which specific provisions are grouped:
- Title 1: Minimum requirements for seafarers to work on a ship
- Title 2: Conditions of employment
- Title 3: Accommodation, recreational facilities, food and catering
- Title 4: Health protection, medical care, welfare and social security protection
- Title 5: Compliance and enforcement
As the MLC covers all seafarers it goes without saying that there are implications to the offshore industry, but MLC has been drafted to protect all seafarers and as such the provisions are already satisfied by the majority of operators.