Management of Drilling Emergencies (MODE)

This course is designed to provide dedicated Drilling, Ballast Control & Rig Floor personnel working on MODU facilities with the essential knowledge & experience to be both effective & efficient during an emergency situation by identifying & reducing risk, minimising the potential loss of life (PLL) & Environmental damage whilst conducting drilling operations offshore.

Program Syllabus

Credible & Realistic Scenarios (taken from known threats & risks associated with drilling activities) have been designed and will be delivered in a purpose built training environment fitted with the necessary communications, record keeping tools & equipment including a purpose built computer based simulator replicating the Mechanical, Electrical, Detection & Isolation functions of activities in both the ballast control and or drill/rig floor, which is supported by theory sessions pertinent to drilling activities & operations, ensures a comprehensive program. The following is a breakdown of the program content;

Theory & Underpinning Knowledge Sessions

  • Emergency Response Management Philosophy
  • Roles & Responsibilities of Drilling Personnel during Emergency Situations
  • Command, Control & Communications during Emergency Situations
  • Human Factors
  • Drilling Operations Identified Threats & Risks
  • Well Control & Stability during Emergency Situations
  • Abandonment & Environmental Procedures & Regulations

Practical Scenario Sessions

The following is a list of possible scenarios that could be faced by the candidates and their team;

  • Spill Response
  • Shallow Gas Blowout
  • Well Control Situation
  • Fire & Explosion
  • Mooring Failure
  • Collision with another vessel
  • Rescue from Heights or Confined Space
  • H2S Release
  • Loss of Stability
  • Foundation Failure

Within the above identified scenarios the following events could also be applied

  • Incident Leading to Evacuation or Abandonment
  • SAR for missing or MOB personnel
  • Extreme Weather Conditions
  • Total Power Failure
  • Medivac Situation
  • Loss of Key Personnel or Services

Pre-requisite/Who Should Attend

It is essential that personnel attending this program are members of drilling or ballast control teams and have worked offshore on MOPU/MODU facilities in the past.

Personnel such as the following should attend this program:

  • Company Representative
  • Rig Manager & Assistant Rig Manager
  • Tool Pusher
  • Driller & Assistant Driller
  • Derrickmen & Floormen
  • Barge Engineer
  • Chief Mechanic & Chief Electrician

Course Duration, Size & Instructional Staff

The course is designed to be conducted over a three day period as detailed in attached time table, optimum course size would not exceed six (6) personnel per program, with no more than three (3) personnel for assessment within the three (3) day program. Additional personnel for assessment would require additional days.

All instructional staff possess internationally recognised teaching credentials and have worked within the industry for a number of years, combined with extensive experience in the training & assessing of Offshore Installation Managers in Emergency Response & Management for all the super major Oil Operators around the world.

Competency & Assessment

Recognised certificates of competency under the Australian PMA Competency Standards will be awarded to candidates who both successfully meet the assessment criteria on the days of assessment & are currently in the position of the Emergency Commander or Deputy (Emergency Co-ordinator) on either the Rig Floor, or Ballast Control Room or designated Command Centre of the Facility as described in your company Watch & Station Bill or Emergency Response & Management Plan.

  • PMAWHS511 – Manage Emergency Incidents
  • PMAOMIR320 – Manage Incident Response Information