Offshore Support Industry

Offshore Support Industry

A Group Two Subject/Course


  1. To ensure a thorough knowledge and understanding of the Offshore Support Industry.
  2. To develop relevant communication skills


  • Origins and influences on offshore vessel design, emergence of dedicated industry needs, relevance of differing geographic requirements
  • Vessel types and design, differing characteristics and equipment requirements, evolvement in response to changing market requirements, effect of environmental issues
  • Fleet profiles/development, global geographic distribution of industry influence,reasons for development of specialist sector skills for vessel design and construction

Oil & Gas Business

  • Exploration and related activities including surveying requirements and drilling activities, Jackups, semi submersibles, drillships, Tender rigs
  • Construction relating to installations, platforms, pipelines, umbilicals, well heads and infrastructure, risers, moorings and associated requirements
  • Production and platforms (fixed and floating), FPSO’s, FSU’s, offtake/loading buoys, shuttle tankers and other production phase units, production drilling, field enhancement
  • Maintenance and De-commissioning work, other related tasks and issues

World Regional Markets

  • Breakdown of regional markets, geographic coverage, relevance of vessel types and numbers, effects of remote locations
  • Regulatory regimes, cabotage and crewing aspects
  • Geographic influences, effect of regional/local conditions
  • Political aspects, environmental issues

Chartering Markets

  • Supply and demand, factors affecting the markets, global and local influences, effects of fiscal regimes, political, national and other influences, subletting
  • Spot and term markets, relevance and optimal use, variations in commercial and operational practices
  • Role of the Broker, methods of working, legal, tactical and ethical aspects, differing markets, sale & purchase, newbuilding, bareboat, lease purchase, scrapping
  • Types of Charterers and Owners, Contractors and logistics companies as principals


  • Runs and Scope of work, capabilities of vessels and their systems, IMO requirements
  • Cargoes and specialised requirements/differing work roles, pipe carrying, anchor handling, towage and salvage, support work, standby duties, survey work, sub-sea work, diving support, ROV support, heavy lift, rig moves
  • Marine logistics

Offshore Construction

  • Pipeline installations – rigid/flexible, risers/umbilicals, cable installation
  • Accomodation units
  • Platform installation, heavy lift/derrick barges and other types
  • FPSO installations, mooring systems, suction anchors, subsea manifold/template installations
  • Well head installations and subsea infrastructure
  • Alongside mooring, DP, mooring systems, gangway connections

Contracts & Commercial Aspects

  • Contract features, maintenance days, termination provisions, substitute vessels, iiquidated damages, sub-letting, profit share mechanisms
  • The Knock for Knock principle
  • Indemnities, Hold Harmless agreements
  • Charter forms used, industry charter forms available, relevant differences, other contracts

HSE & Security

  • HSE environment, safety management
  • Legislative requirements, compliance procedures, security issues and requirements
  • Hazardous Cargoes, categories, characteristics
  • Vessel audits, industry standard format, surveys, incident reporting

OSV Management And Operations

  • The nature of OSV management
  • Propulsion systems, anchor handling, cargo handling systems
  • Stowage of dry and liquid bulk products, tank cleaning, deck cargoes, special handling and hazardous cargoes
  • Technical developments, vessel improvements, environmental changes


  • Factors for change in the offshore industry, technology, vessel size and design, environmental effects and legislation
  • Taxation, Crewing and experience levels, insurance
  • Offshore industry terms and abbreviations


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