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OPITO Ongoing Onboard Development and Training Program (OODTP) for ERRV Masters and Crews, Medical Aid and Care, FRC Boatman, FRC Coxswain, DC Coxswain, and Command and Control

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The Ongoing Onboard Development and Training Program (OODTP) specifies the framework, competence assessment and program monitoring requirements for the ongoing development and training of crews of vessels forming part of rescue, recovery and care arrangements in accordance with the Regulations for the Prevention of Fire & Explosions and Emergency Response on Offshore Installations (PFEER) and Duty Holder’s Emergency Response Plans (ERPs).

The program will include information and directions to enable drills and exercises to be conducted. The purpose of these drills and exercises is to enhance the knowledge, skills and understanding of all crew members including the Master. The program makes provision for and can incorporate location specific emergency contingency training.


The program will also ensure that changes of equipment and practices will be incorporated in such training. Also, part of the program is ongoing internal appraisal of individual and team performance of crew members onboard each vessel, candidate assessment and program monitoring by OPITO approved Training Providers and annual monitoring audits by OPITO.

Individual Development and Training Programs jointly developed with input from the Duty Holder, Vessel Operator, Master and Training Provider will consist of a series of Training Units. Each unit will support the Training and Development activities for a single period at sea onboard the standby vessel.

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OODTP Ongoing Onboard Training




OODTP Masters and Crews

The purpose of the Masters and Crew OODTP Assessment is to assess the candidate’s skills, knowledge and understanding of emergency response requirements as part of an ERRV crew at the workplace

Performance Criteria

  • Responding to alarms
  • Donning appropriate PPE
  • Preparation and use of communications equipment including portable radio equipment
  • Participating in the shipboard duties relating to the deployment, launch and recovery of the Fast Rescue Craft
  • Deployment and use of available casualty recovery devices

Underpinning Knowledge and Understanding Criteria

  • Crew roles in emergency situations
  • Emergency incidents external to the vessel and their detection
  • Identification and de-activation of emergency locator beacons
  • Types and sources of incident information and required communication methods
  • Range and use of ERRV casualty recovery equipment
  • Actions required when transferring casualties within the ERRV
  • The preparations required on deck for casualty evacuation

OODTP Medical Aid and Care

The purpose of the Medical Aid and Care OODTP Assessment is to assess the candidate’s skills, knowledge and understanding in the provision of medical aid and care as part of an ERRV crew at the workplace.

Performance Criteria

  • Donning appropriate PPE
  • The actions required for the reception of casualties
  • The actions required for initial triage for casualties
  • The actions required to provide BMA for casualties
  • Preparation of casualty for evacuation

Underpinning Knowledge and Understanding Criteria

  • Treatment of wounds and bleeding
  • Treatment of burns and scalds
  • Treatment of fractures, dislocations and soft tissue injuries
  • The principles of respiration and circulation
  • Defibrillation
  • The function of the circulatory system
  • The function of the respiratory system
  • The function of the musculoskeletal system
  • The function of the nervous system
  • The principles and priorities of first aid
  • The principles of infection and safety precautions in first aid
  • The signs, symptoms and treatment of anticipated scenarios encountered by the BMA
  • The ongoing monitoring and recording of the condition of casualties
  • The preparations required for casualty evacuation
  • Monitoring procedures for casualties during transfer from the ERRV
  • How to communicate casualty information to the receiving medical unit including updated monitoring, triage and treatment information

OODTP Fast Rescue Craft (FRC) Boatman

The purpose of the FRC Boatman OODTP Assessment is to assess the candidate’s skills, knowledge and understanding in the role of ERRV Crew Fast Rescue Craft Boatman at the workplace.

Performance Criteria

  • Preparing the Fast Rescue Craft
  • Launching the Fast Rescue Craft
  • Rescuing casualties
  • Transferring casualties to the ERRV

Underpinning Knowledge and Understanding Criteria

  • Potential hazards when launching and recovering the Fast Rescue Craft
  • Available rescue equipment and when each should be used
  • Importance of maintaining effective communications with the Coxswain
  • Casualty handling methods and their limitations
  • Potential hazards in the event of a capsize
  • Available capsize equipment and how each should be used
  • Actions to be taken in the event of a capsize

OODTP Fast Rescue Craft (FRC) Coxswain

The purpose of the FRC Coxswain OODTP Assessment is to assess the candidate’s skills, knowledge and understanding in the role of ERRV Crew Fast Rescue Craft Coxswain at the workplace.

Performance Criteria

  • Preparing the Fast Rescue Craft
  • Launching the Fast Rescue Craft
  • Recovering casualties
  • Transferring casualties to the ERRV

Underpinning Knowledge and Understanding Criteria

  • Potential hazards when launching and recovering the Fast Rescue Craft
  • Available rescue equipment and when each should be used
  • Importance of maintaining effective communications
  • Casualty handling methods and their limitations
  • Potential hazards in the event of a capsize
  • Available capsize equipment and how each should be used
  • Actions to be taken in the event of a capsize
  • Potential hazards when towing another craft
  • Collison Avoidance Regulations (IRPCS)
  • Relevant navigation techniques

OODTP Daughter Craft (DC) Coxswain

The purpose of the DC Coxswain OODTP Assessment is to assess the candidate’s skills, knowledge and understanding in the role of ERRV Crew Daughter Craft Coxswain at the workplace.

Performance Criteria

  • Preparing a Daughter Craft (DC)
  • Deploying and maneuvering the Daughter Craft (DC)
  • Recovering and transferring a casualty

Underpinning Knowledge and Understanding Criteria

  • Potential hazards when launching and recovering the Daughter Craft
  • Available rescue equipment and when each should be used
  • Importance of maintaining effective communications
  • Casualty handling methods and their limitations
  • Potential hazards in the event of a capsize
  • Available capsize equipment and how each should be used
  • Actions to be taken in the event of a capsize
  • Use of position finding devices and radar, maintaining the safety zone and visual and radio/radar watch
  • Collison Avoidance Regulations (IRPCS)
  • Relevant navigation techniques and chartwork

OODTP Command and Control

The purpose of the Command and Control OODTP Assessment is to assess the candidate’s skills, knowledge and understanding in the ERRV Command and Control role at the workplace.

Performance Criteria

  • Assessing the situation
  • Taking effective action
  • Maintaining communications
  • Delegating authority
  • Managing self and team

Underpinning Knowledge and Understanding Criteria

  • Applicable legislation relating to emergencies specific to the UK offshore oil and gas industry
  • Available sources of incident information and how these are evaluated and confirmed
  • The importance of maintaining a state of readiness and vigilance
  • The importance of efficiently communicating information and instructions.
  • The actions required to keep appropriate agencies informed throughout the incident
  • Implementation of predetermined emergency plans and procedures
  • Situations where it is appropriate to delegate authority during incidents
  • The causes and recognition of stress in self and others

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Last Updated: March 23, 2021