Qualifications / Courses

Specific qualifications within the industry have been difficult to identify and establish for many years with many companies trying to develop their own training packages or rely on the experience of their crews but without any formal knowledge or assessment.

A barge or lift boat operator needs to know that their masters and crew are competent.  Equally, a Client will need to be assured that the master of the vessel and the crew that they command are competent before deciding to hire.

Currently only masters of self propelled units will have an STCW Certificate of Competence and the IMO Resolution A.1079(28) specifies minimum standards for Offshore Installation Managers (OIMs), but neither cover the skills and knowledge specific to the jacking operation and the need to keep the barge or lift boat stable during elevated working.

Because competent bargemaster and crew need to have a wide mix of skills, creating a qualification to cover all of these activities would not be cost effective.  It would also be wasteful as many of these skills are already certificated under existing regimes (e.g. STCW, GMDSS etc).  Instead, IJUBOA’s approach is to look at this range of skills and ensure measures are in place to assess the specific Jack-Up Barge elements.

Full competence is made up of two key elements – the practical skills to do a job and the knowledge and understanding of the principles underpinning what is being done.  Both are equally important.

And these skills fall into two broad categories – generic maritime skills, including crew management, and the specific skills relating to the operation of the barge.

The assessment of practical skills, whether they be generic maritime or jack-up specific are best done in the workplace by the employer. The employer is best placed to decide which skills are to be assessed  and can use the “You must be able to” sections of the IJUBOA Standards (NOS) to design their assessment strategy.

The results of this assessment will be recorded in personnel records and also in the IJUBOA official log book (blue book).  These records provide firm evidence of practical competence which clients can ask for. The necessary maritime knowledge and understanding can be demonstrated via STCW/ BOSIET or similar certificates of competence and other maritime qualifications which are available.

Which just leaves the specific knowledge and understanding relating to operating the jack-up.

Specific IJUBOA Certification

IJUBOA has developed a suit of courses to assist the employer in meeting the specific training needs of the jack-up operations element of the employees knowledge. This has been broken down into specific training courses which are delivered by/ on behalf of IJUBOA as formal courses.
These are;

  • IJUBOA Award in Jack-Up Barge Management
  • IJUBOA Award in Bargemaster Operations (Offshore Self-Propelled)
  • IJUBOA Award in Bargemaster Operations (Offshore None-Propelled)
  • IJUBOA Award in Bargemaster Operations (Inshore None-Propelled)
  • IJUBOA Award in Bargemaster Operations (Nearshore None-Propelled)
  • IJUBOA Award in Jack-Up Barge Operations
  • IJUBOA Foundation in Jack-Up Barge Operations

IJUBOA Award in Jack-Up Barge Management

IJUBOA has developed a three day training course to develop the knowledge of those involved in the procuring and management of Jack-Up Barges.  Titled “Managing safe, legal and effective jack-up operations” its purpose is to ensure there is greater understanding of the range of risks associated with the safe deployment of a Jack-Up Barge and a corresponding understanding of how to manage them.  The course is suitable for:

  • Middle and senior managers in organisations that operate Jack-Up Barges
  • Contract managers and other senior representatives of organisations that procure Jack-Up Barge services
  • People involved in the design of Jack-Up Barges

The course covers the full range of risks associated with operating a Jack-Up Barge and includes:

  • Introduction and overview of the Jack-Up Barge operation and the main risks and most common accidents associated with it
  • Introduction to the principles of Safety Management (SHEQ) and their application to the Jack-Up Barge industry
  • Risk management by type:
    • Jack-Up foundations – seabed conditions; site assessment; applied geotechnics
    • Stability – centres of gravity; movement of loads; lifting operations; applied mechanical engineering
    • Environmental conditions – waves, tides, tidal current, weather
    • Relationship with client – boundaries of responsibilities; resolution of differences; effective communication
    • Relationship with Bargemaster – boundaries of responsibilities; their need for line management and specialist support; their training and development needs; effective communication

The course consists of a mixture of presentations, discussions and group work projects supported by a comprehensive workbook and is delivered by experts in Jack-Up Barge Site Specific Assessments and Geotechnical analysis methods.

Feedback for this course has been exceptional over the five years that this course has been run.

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IJUBOA Award in Bargemaster Operations

IJUBOA has developed a specific training course for Bargemasters. The IJUBOA four or five day modular training course is specifically developed to cover an understanding of the range of risks associated with the safe deployment of jack-ups and a corresponding understanding of how to manage them.

Uniquely, the course has been approved as a Customised Award by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) making the Award an internationally recognised and audited standard known to the HSE and MCA.

CPD points can also be gained through the Nautical Institute.

The course fulfils the need to develop skills and knowledge within jack-up barge utilising companies as the offshore industry requires more and more proof of the use of competent personnel when tendering for projects. This course offers your company a competitive advantage as it can be used as proof for such training demands. These fall in line with the following National Occupational Standards which IJUBOA have developed, these being;

  • Prepare the Jack up Barge for Offshore Operation (MSA E21)
  • Transit the JUB to the Operational Site (MSA E22)
  • Positioning and Jacking the JUB (MSA E23)
  • Maintain the Stability and Effectiveness of the JUB at the Operational Site (MSA E24)
  • Regulatory Requirements (MSA E25)

The course is targeted at persons who carry out the duties of Bargemasters and have current experience on jack-up barges. The course is designed to specifically cover the unique aspects of the different types of Jack-Up Barge used today. The course is delivered in modular form allowing the specific modules for the type of Jack-Up Barge to be taken to achieve the IJUBOA Award in Jack-Up Barge Operations.

Due to the diverse range of jack-up barges and lift ships in operation, the course is run with two main types of operational vessels, these being propelled and non-propelled.

Propelled Vessels
Level 0/A- IJUBOA SESV Barge Master (Offshore Self Propelled)
This Level is for SESV type vessels and falls under the requirements of the IMO rules, class rules and STCW ii/2 Master qualifications to be able to manage the vessel as a merchant ship. This level of training has to be achieved regardless of whether the vessel under command is a standard vessel or SESV. Therefor the IJUBOA training required would be very specific to the jacking operations and seabed geotechnical details only. The course therefore covers the following modules:

TRAINING MODULES

  • Jack-Up Fundamentals
  • Jack-Up Operations
  • Geotechnical
  • Stability and Use of Cranes
  • Regulatory Requirements
  • Risk Assessment
  • Moving Safely Under Own Power

All attendees require prerequisite training/ certification as detailed below:

Operation Class Area of Operation Personal Safety Training and Emergency Training (pre-requisite) Communications (pre-requisite)
Level 0A Unrestricted STCW ii/2 training GMDSS/GOC

Non-Propelled Barges
The category of non-propelled barges covers a diverse range of barge size and operational ability leading to three separate categories based on operational range and pre-requisite training/ certification requirements for the attendees. These are described below:

Operation Class Area of Operation Personal Safety Training and Emergency Training (pre-requisite) Communications (pre-requisite)
Level 0B Unrestricted STCW Basic Safety Training+ Advanced Fire Fighting+ Medical Care Cert. GMDSS/GOC
Level 1 Non-Propelled JUB <12 miles STCW Basic Safety Training/ BOSIET
Training
GMDSS/GOC
Level 1 Non-Propelled JUB<3 miles STCW Basic Safety Training/ BOSIET
Training
VHF

Level 0/B IJUBOA SESV Barge Master (Offshore Non Self Propelled)
This Level of JUB will be required for Barge Masters who have responsibility for non-powered JUBs which are operating further than 12 miles from port or a safe haven or have accommodation units used by crew to sleep overnight. This has recognised that either due to distance the emergency rescue and response from shore based support will take longer to respond or persons may be asleep and require a higher level of competency to respond out of normal working hours. This has been increased in line with the MCA Workboat Code for a higher level of competency for medical assistance and fire fighting in these situations. It may be the case that the JUB may be operating within the 12 mile limit but still use overnight accommodation aboard which would still require the 0/B standard.

Level 1 IJUBOA SESV Barge Master (Nearshore Non Self Propelled)
This Level is for JUBs which operate up to 12 miles from port. The 12 mile limit has been selected as a reasonable transfer time by vessel to bring crew to/ from the JUB on a day shift basis. It was felt that over 12 miles would potentially require accommodation units to be used overnight due to the extended transfer times making a day rotation impractical and which would require a level 0B standard.

Level 2 IJUBOA SESV Barge Master (Inshore Non Self Propelled)
This Level is for JUBs operating inshore up to 3 miles from a port. This work is not within the wind farm fields and is for construction operations in and around harbours and ports.

For all of the non-propelled courses, the modules are:

TRAINING MODULES

  • Jack-Up Fundamentals
  • Jack-Up Operations
  • Geotechnical
  • Stability and Use of Cranes
  • Regulatory Requirements
  • Risk Assessment
  • Navigation
  • COLREGS
  • Towage
  • Mooring

Employers are recommended always to ask to see the IJUBOA Official Logbook when recruiting new staff. They should check to see if the Training Record is endorsed with the SQA course and ask to see a copy of the SQA Certificate Award. IJUBOA keeps a full record of all who have passed the course and members are welcome to ask for details to be checked and verified at no cost.

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IJUBOA Award in Jack-Up Barge Operations

The IJUBOA two day modular training course is specifically developed to assist Operatives and Deck Crew to further their understanding of the range of risks associated with the safe deployment of jack-ups and a corresponding understanding of the control of the associated hazards while working as part of the deck crew. The course fulfils the need to develop skills and knowledge of employees. This course offers your company a competitive advantage as it can be used as proof for such training demands as part of the career path of your deck crew.

The course is aimed at crew who have been operating on Jack-Up Barges for at least 12 months and are ready to take the first step towards the full Bargemaster accreditation.

Course Objective is to provide participants with an   understanding of the fundamental principles of jack-up barge operations. The course is targeted at persons who carry out the duties of Deck Crew or Jacking Engineers and have current experience on Jack-Up Barges. The course is designed to specifically cover the unique aspects of the different types of Jack-Up Barge used today including;

  • Types of Jacking Systems
  • Fundamentals of Site Specific Surveys
  • Stability and Use of Cranes
  • Assessing Safe Haven and Weather Data

When the course is successfully completed an IJUBOA Award will be awarded to the participant along with an IJUBOA Blue Book for the individual to log ongoing training and experience in practice. The Award can be used as relevant training towards the IJUBOA Award in Bargemaster Operations.

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IJUBOA Foundation in Jack-Up Barge Operations

The IJUBOA one-day foundation course on the basic aspects and unique abilities of a Jack-Up Barge has been specifically developed to assist operatives who are new to the operational work of Jack-Up Barges.

This course offers your company a competitive advantage as it can be used as proof for such training demands as part of the career path of your deck crew and trainees. The course provides participants with an overview of the core elements of a Jack-Up Barge and the role and responsibilities of the barge crew.

The course is targeted at persons who are starting out in a career as Deck Crew or Apprenticeship and have little experience on Jack-Up Barges. The course is designed to specifically cover the unique aspects of the different types of Jack-Up Barge used today including;

  • Types of Jack-Up Barges
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Safety and Emergency Response
  • Safe Working Practices

When the course is successfully completed an IJUBOA Award will be awarded to the participant along with an IJUBOA Blue Book for the individual to log ongoing training and experience in practice.

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Training Provision

Providers of training who deliver courses relevant to the Jack-Up Barge industry are welcome to join IJUBOA as Associate Members.  The fee is payable. which includes the facility to have a dedicated web page on which to advertise training services.  For details on how to apply please contact us.