Marine and Offshore > FPSO Operations Management & Safety

About this Training Course

This five-day training course will cover aspects of FPSO operations with an emphasis on management of safety. A background of the methodology used to generate the various safety plans and codes used in the operational safety case will be covered. The course will also review general operational guidelines in the offshore environment to ensure that the operations are completed as designed. This will include offtake operations and maintenance processes for the plant and vessel as well as a session on subsea.

To enable participants to obtain an in-depth understanding of FPSO operations, safety and maintenance:

  • Provide a broad overview of how an FPSO operation is set up and established in the field
  • Grasp the various methods used to moor the production units
  • Analyse information and methods required to establish the operation according to local and international regulations.
  • Assess the methods used to calculate the safety parameters and requirements to construct an approved valid safety case
  • Explore conditions to monitor during operations with regards to safety and structure
  • Inspect various types of hazards associated with production and produced materials
  • Review regular and emergency operational maintenance requirements
  • Examine cyclones and weather events causing disconnection
  • Comprehend manning, training requirements and operations including cargo

Case studies and Exercises: The training course uses real life examples and case studies to explain the setup, preparation, implementation and operational activities required to successfully complete FPSO operations from a safety and maintenance perspective. This will allow the application of participants’ newly-acquired knowledge. Case studies also stimulate independent thinking and discussion among the participants.

Case Studies

The case studies proposed for this course will include:

  • A group exercise to consider what is the minimum requirement for the production of a safety case
  • Generic plan for the development of a maintenance management system using computer software systems (e.g. Amos)
  • Construction of a UWILD plan to include scope and potential tendering requirements


The various quizzes can be expanded or arranged to suit the group/interests and topics covered but will generally include the following topics:

  • Mooring types and location where they are primarily used
  • Safety cases
  • Safety management systems
  • Process hazards and mitigation
  • UWILD components and regulations
  • Operations management
  • Offtake operations

The course is generally aimed at personnel who are involved in FPSO operations as either offshore crew or onshore support team members. This course will also greatly benefit the following groups but not limited to:

  • Process engineers
  • Surveyors
  • Facility engineers
  • Naval architects
  • Operations engineer
  • Health, Safety, Environment (HSE) specialists and managers
  • Maintenance engineers
  • Intermediate

The training course is presented in an interactive workshop format that allows for discussion. The course will be delivered through analysis of case studies and running examples of problems.

Course Duration: 5 days in total (35 hours)

The training instructor relies on a highly interactive training method to enhance the learning process. This method ensures that all participants gain a complete understanding of all the topics covered. The training comprises of information supplemented by visual activities including photographs from various operations and videos of operational and safety activities. Interaction verbally will be necessary to achieve the best learning outcome from the materials.

Course timings and breaks 

0830 – Registration
0900 – Start of training
1030 – Morning break
1045 – Training recommences
1230 – Lunch break
1330 – Training recommences
1515 – Afternoon break
1530 – Training recommences
1700 – End of training

Your expert course leader has been involved in the Oil and Gas industry for over 28 years in several different roles commencing as a second deck officer on FPSO’s and moving through the industry from deck officer to Master, OIM and Field Superintendent. He has also been in charge of semisubmersible and fixed production platforms as field superintendent before moving ashore into senior management roles. On completion of industry specific activities, he moved to teaching roles at South Tyneside Maritime College in the department of marine and simulation and presented live courses to maritime students from cadet to Master. 

Prior to returning to Perth in March 2019, he was training manager for a subsidiary of Gaz Transport and Technigaz of France. He has a Master Class 1 certificate with endorsements for hazardous cargoes and a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration as well as multiple course certificates required to operate FPSO’s, platforms and semisubmersible facilities. He has been involved in the preparation of national standards for Safety Cases (Australia); Designing and structural setup of competency-based training systems in South East Asia. He was also involved in the development of minimum standards, competency profiles position based and preparation and implementation of training plans to ensure competency in the local staff in Asian operations. He was part of the development team for minimum standards of offshore safety in Australian offshore operations including the implementation of the Common Safety Training Program (CSTP). He was also involved in implementing training plans for both simulator and classroom based courses in LNG operations and cargo tank design and construction.

Highlighted work experience:

  • Premier Petroleum Myanmar Ltd
  • Petronas Carigali
  • Newfield Australia (Cartier) Pty Ltd:
    • FPSO Jabiru Venture
    • FPSO Challis Venture
    • Onshore OIM
  • Australian FPSO Management Pty. Ltd.

To further optimise your learning experience from our courses, we also offer individualized “One to One” coaching support for 2 hours post training. We can help improve your competence in your chosen area of interest, based on your learning needs and available hours. This is a great opportunity to improve your capability and confidence in a particular area of expertise. It will be delivered over a secure video conference call by one of our senior trainers. They will work with you to create a tailor-made coaching program that will help you achieve your goals faster.
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