Tug master training on board and simulator training for ISV Rotortugs® at PRELUDE (FLNG)
Offshore Broome, Western Australia
Prelude is an operational floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility, located offshore, north-northeast of Broome, in Western Australia. Prelude FLNG is designed to extract, liquefy and store natural gas at sea before it is transferred and shipped to customers. For the tandem and side by side mooring, Shell has the availability of three Infield Support Vessels where Tug Training and Consultancy trains the nautical officers.
Our trainers provide onboard training during operations, such as personnel- and cargo transfer, side by side mooring, tandem operations, hawse and hoser handling et cetera. Due to the open water environment and adverse weather conditions these can be challenging operations.
APPROACH We work with a pool of four dedicated trainers, that is constantly reviewing, adjusting (where needed) and improving the operational aspect of the job. With their skills, experience and expertise the trainers will contribute to capacity building and development of the trainees.
OPERATION The training takes place on the job, in the fields, on simulators and jointly with the pilots in the simulators but also online. During these sessions we expose the tug masters and pilots to different scenarios that include emergencies and extreme weather conditions. After the simulation runs, we thoroughly debrief to improve the awareness of all involved.
Towmaster during floatover for mating Aasta Hansteen Topside with spar
TTC was involved in the simulator sessions held at Marin in Wageningen and provided the Tow master during the transport and the actual float over and the mating of the Astaa Hansteen topside and the submerged spar.
The Topside transfer location in Ølen was located approximately 16NM away from the Float over and Mating location at Digernessundet.
Simulation & manual. In complex situations TTC standard procedure is to start with extensive simulations to look at the situation from all angles. During the simulation sessions at Marin TTC simulated the transport to the extreme with all parties involved, including tow master, tug captains and project management teams. After these sessions TTC provides her client with a complete manual with recommendations and limitations, ensuring everyone is prepared up to the detail level.
During the transport our highly experienced Tow master was in charge and directed the designated tugs to the project. Because their involvement with the simulation session, all tow masters knew each other in person and communications went smoothly.