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MARINE

OFFSHORE OPERATIONS
MANUAL
QPR MRL - MAN

PREFACE

This Manual has been designed to give guidance to Masters, vessel Owners, Operators
and QP Personnel involved in Marine Operations within Qatar Petroleums Operating Areas
and to familiarise other interested parties with the Marine Departments current Operating
Procedures.
The Marine Departments aim is for each vessel Operator to conduct their duties in an
efficient and professional manner observing safe working practices, minimising associated
risk to personnel and facilities whilst contributing to protecting and preserving the
environment.
This Manual does not replace or supersede official Governmental Laws or any Regional or
International Regulations.

ORIGINAL SIGNED

MANAGER
MARINE DEPARTMENT
QATAR PETROLEUM

Qatar

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
1.0
2.0

OFFSHORE AREA ................................................................................................ 5


INTRODUCTION.................................................................................................... 5

2.1 QATAR PETROLEUM MAIN OPERATIONAL AREAS ................................................................. 6


2.2 CLIMATOLOGY ................................................................................................................................. 8
2.2.1
General ...................................................................................................................................... 8
2.2.2
Historical .................................................................................................................................... 9
2.3 TERMINOLOGY ............................................................................................................................... 10

3.0

RESPONSIBILITIES ............................................................................................ 12

3.1 GENERAL ........................................................................................................................................ 12


3.2 QP MARINE DEPARTMENT RESPONSIBILITIES ........................................................................ 12
3.2.1
QP Marine Contact Numbers................................................................................................... 12
3.3 VESSEL AND BARGE MASTERS RESPONSIBILITIES ............................................................... 13
3.4 CONTRACTORS RESPONSIBILITIES ........................................................................................... 13
3.5 MOBILIZATION DOCUMENTATION .............................................................................................. 13
3.5.1
Customs & Immigration Clearance .......................................................................................... 13
3.5.2
Travel Documents .................................................................................................................... 13
3.5.3
Offshore Permits ...................................................................................................................... 13
3.5.4
Identification Documents ......................................................................................................... 14
3.6 QUALIFICATIONS AND STANDARDS FOR MARINE CREW ...................................................... 14

4.0

COMMUNICATIONS AND REPORTING ............................................................. 14

4.1 OPERATING FREQUENCIES ......................................................................................................... 14


4.2 QP RADIO STATIONS .................................................................................................................... 15
4.3 RADIO EQUIPMENT........................................................................................................................ 15
4.3.1
Permanent fixed sets on Vessels, Barges and Rigs ............................................................... 15
4.3.2
Mobile Hand Sets (Walkie-Talkies) ......................................................................................... 16
4.4 DAILY MARINE REPORTING ......................................................................................................... 16
4.4.1
Vessel Movements .................................................................................................................. 16
4.4.2
Reporting Sequence ................................................................................................................ 17
4.4.3
Daily Reports to QP Marine Department ................................................................................. 18
4.4.4
Defect Reporting ...................................................................................................................... 18
4.4.5
Oil Spill Reporting .................................................................................................................... 18
4.4.6
P.O.B. Reporting ..................................................................................................................... 19
4.4.7
Monthly Reporting .................................................................................................................... 19
4.5 RADIO PROTOCOL......................................................................................................................... 19
4.5.1
Radio Silence ........................................................................................................................... 20
4.5.2
Additional Requirements.......................................................................................................... 20
4.6 WEATHER FORECASTS ................................................................................................................ 20
4.7 EMERGENCIES ............................................................................................................................... 21

5.0
6.0

RAS LAFFAN JETTY OPERATIONS .................................................................. 21


HALUL ISLAND OPERATIONS .......................................................................... 21

6.1 GENERAL ........................................................................................................................................ 21


6.2 E.T.A. NON ROUTINE VESSELS ................................................................................................ 22
6.3 LIABILITY ........................................................................................................................................ 22
6.4 COSTS ............................................................................................................................................. 23
6.5 OPERATING LIMITATIONS ............................................................................................................ 23
6.6 DRAFT LIMITATIONS ..................................................................................................................... 23
6.7 HALUL ISLAND EMERGENCIES ................................................................................................... 24
6.7.1
Field Craft Alongside Halul ...................................................................................................... 24
6.7.2
Chartered Craft Alongside or just off Halul Island ................................................................... 24
6.7.3
Tankers Loading or Discharging at Halul SBM's ..................................................................... 24

7.0
8.0
8.1
8.2

OFFSHORE OPERATIONS ................................................................................. 24


GENERAL OPERATING REQUIREMENTS ........................................................ 25
ENVIRONMENT ............................................................................................................................... 25
EQUIPMENT .................................................................................................................................... 25

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8.3 COMPLIANCE WITH REGULATIONS ............................................................................................ 25


8.4 CERTIFICATES ............................................................................................................................... 26
8.5 MANUALS, PUBLICATIONS AND DIAGRAMS ............................................................................. 26
8.6 GENERAL EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS ................................................................................... 27
8.6.1
Vessel Cranes ......................................................................................................................... 27
8.6.2
Helideck ................................................................................................................................... 27
8.6.3
Fendering ................................................................................................................................. 27
8.7 NAVIGATIONAL EQUIPMENT ........................................................................................................ 27
8.8 MEDICAL STORES ......................................................................................................................... 28
8.9 ACCOMMODATION ........................................................................................................................ 28
8.10 MACHINERY SPACES .................................................................................................................... 29
8.11 SAFETY ........................................................................................................................................... 29
8.11.1 General Requirements ............................................................................................................. 29
8.12 SPECIFIC VESSEL TYPE REQUIREMENTS ................................................................................. 30
8.12.1 D.P. Vessels ............................................................................................................................ 30
8.12.2 Barges ...................................................................................................................................... 30
8.12.3 Safety Standby Vessels ........................................................................................................... 30
8.12.4 Supply Vessel Operations ....................................................................................................... 31
8.12.5 Drilling Rigs .............................................................................................................................. 31
8.12.6 Drilling Rig/Barge Minimum Distances .................................................................................... 31

9.0
9.1
9.2
9.3
9.4
9.5
9.6

INSPECTIONS ..................................................................................................... 32
PRE MOBILISATION INSPECTION ................................................................................................ 32
OPERATIONAL INSPECTIONS ...................................................................................................... 33
PORT STATE CONTROL INSPECTIONS ...................................................................................... 33
HELICOPTER OPERATIONS ......................................................................................................... 33
HOT WORK...................................................................................................................................... 33
WASTE COLLECTION & DISPOSAL ............................................................................................. 34

10.0 ANCHORING OR MOORING IN THE OPERATIONAL AREA............................. 34


10.1 RESPONSIBILITIES ........................................................................................................................ 34
10.2 SUBMISSION OF ANCHOR PATTERNS ....................................................................................... 35
10.2.1 Notice Required to approve anchor Patterns .......................................................................... 35
10.2.2 Alterations to Approved Anchor Patterns ................................................................................ 35
10.3 NIGHT WORKING............................................................................................................................ 35
10.4 FORMAT OF ANCHOR PATTERNS ............................................................................................... 36
10.5 MOORING TO OR ANCHORING ADJACENT TO FIXED STRUCTURES .................................... 37
10.5.1 Mooring to Fixed Structures..................................................................................................... 37
10.5.2 Marine Crafts Under 1000 M/T Displacement ......................................................................... 37
10.5.3 Vessels Over 1000 M/T Displacement .................................................................................... 37
10.5.4 Damage Prevention Buoys ...................................................................................................... 38
10.5.5 Anchoring and Mooring at Production Stations and Halul ....................................................... 38
10.5.6 Mooring and unmooring of marine vessels at PS-1/2/3 .......................................................... 39
10.5.7 Mooring Buoys ......................................................................................................................... 39
10.6 ANCHOR HANDLING VESSELS .................................................................................................... 39
10.7 ANCHORING AND MOORING EQUIPMENT ................................................................................. 40
10.8 GENERAL ANCHORING REQUIREMENTS .................................................................................. 40
10.8.1 Wires in Close Proximity to Fixed Structures .......................................................................... 46

11.0 OTHER REFERENCES ....................................................................................... 47


11.1 REVISIONS ...................................................................................................................................... 47

12.0 APPENDICES ...................................................................................................... 47


12.1
12.2
12.3
12.4
12.5

LIST OF CERTIFICATES ................................................................................................................ 47


LIST OF MANUALS, PUBLICATIONS AND DRAWINGS.............................................................. 48
NAVIGATIONAL EQUIPMENT ........................................................................................................ 49
MACHINERY SPACES REQUIREMENTS ...................................................................................... 50
STCW CERTIFICATION FOR CONTRACT VESSELS .................................................................. 51

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1.0 OFFSHORE AREA

2.0 INTRODUCTION
This Manual is applicable to all marine units, including vessels, barges and rigs, whether
self-propelled or non self-propelled, operating in Qatar Petroleums operating area.
This area includes all Qatar Offshore Oil and Gas fields and Halul Island
Qatar Petroleum is an ISO 9001/2008, ISO 14001/2004 and OHSAS 18001/2007
accredited Company.

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2.1

QATAR PETROLEUM MAIN OPERATIONAL AREAS


a) Idd El Sharghi Field North and South Dome) (IS) - Crude Oil and Gas

This field is located approximately 10 NM S of Halul. It is operated by OXY Qatar as part


of a joint venture production sharing agreement with The State of Qatar. QP offers
technical and logistics support to the joint venture.
The field is controlled from PS-1 production station centred on: 25 30'

(N)

52 23'

(E)

b) Maydan Mahzam Field (MM) - Crude Oil and Gas


This field located approximately 8 NM SE of Halul. It is operated by QP and is controlled
from PS-2 production station centred on:25 36'

(N)

52 32'

(E)

c) Bul Hanine Field (BH) - Crude Oil and Gas


This field located approximately 22 NM SE of Halul. It is operated by QP and is controlled
from PS-3 production station centred on:25 26'

(N)

52 44'

(E)

d) North Field Alpha - Gas


This field located approximately 58 NM NW of Halul. This field is operated by QP and is
controlled from PS-4 production station centred on: 26 32'

(N)

51 57'

(E)

e) Halul Island - Crude Oil


The Island is operated by QP. This is the main offshore crude oil storage facility for the
produced crude oil from the three southern QP fields and the Elf development at "Al
Khalij Field". In addition, Crude oil is received into the islands storage from tankers
loaded at "Al Shaheen Field". QP Halul Terminal Department controls the crude oil
storage, export and import operations.
QP Marine controls all the marine operations, including tanker pilotage, vessel
movements and Halul Harbour.
Halul Island is centred on: 25 40'

(N)

52 25'

(E)

f) North Field Bravo - Gas


This field is located approximately 5.0 NM South East of North Field Alpha. It is operated
by QATAR GAS and is controlled from the North Field Bravo production station centred
on:26 29'

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(N)

52 02 (E)

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g) Ras Gas Alpha.


This field is located approximately 6.0 NM north of North Field Alpha. Operated by
RASGAS
26 38'

(N)

57 59' (E)

h) Al Shaheen Field - Crude Oil


This field is located approximately 4 NM NE of North Field Alpha. It is operated by
MAERSK OIL QATAR and is controlled from the Al Shaheen Terminal FSOs "FSO Asia
and FSO Africa" located at: 26 35'

(N)

52 00'

(E)

i) Al Khalij Field - Crude Oil


This field is located approximately 22 NM NE of Halul Island. Production is through Halul.
QP and TOTAL (Qatar) jointly operate this field located at:
25 57'

(N)

52 42'

(E)

j) Al Karkara Field - Crude Oil


This field is operated by QATAR PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT CO. It is located
approximately 32 NM S of Halul. The contact is the Delta Explorer. The field is centred
on: 25 08' (N)

52 27' (E)

k) Al Rayyan Field - Crude Oil and Gas


This field is located approximately 22 NM W of North Field Alpha. It is operated by
OCCIDENTAL (OXY) and has the FSO Falcon Spirit on station, controlled from the Al
Morjan Platform located in position:26 39'

(N)

51 34'

(E)

l) Dukhan Field - Crude Oil and Gas (onshore)


This is an onshore oilfield operated by QP and is located on the East coast of the State
of Qatar. Exports from the Onshore Fields are through pipeline to Mesaieed Port.
m) Al Bunduq - Crude Oil and Gas
This is an offshore oilfield operated by ARCO (Abu Dhabi) and is production is shared
between Qatar and Abu Dhabi. It is located to the east of Al Karkara and the "AStructure".
Export is directly to Abu Dhabi.

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n) Ras Laffan - LNG and Condensate Export Terminal (onshore) Supply Base
This is a process and export facility handling production from North Field Alpha, Bravo
and Charlie developments. It is located onshore some 80 Km North of Doha. The Port
has expanded recently accepting varied commercial traffic including a Dry Dock.
This is the main Support Base for QP's offshore Operations. Marine Department offshore
vessel schedulers (SOC) are based there.
Two SBMs for the export of field condensate are located at an approximate position
centred at 26 01 N and 052 04 E.
o) Mesaieed - Crude Oil, LNG and Condensate Export Terminal (onshore)
This is a process and export facility handling Oil and Gas production from Dukhan and
other onshore fields as well as Gas from the North Field Alpha, Bravo and Charlie
developments. It is located onshore some 35 Km South of Doha. Limited Ship repair
facilities are available.
p) Ras Abu Aboud - Offshore Support Base (onshore)
The use of the Ras Abu Aboud Jetty has been discontinued and is no longer open to
commercial activities. The Offshore Operations Offices are sited here with the Marine
Department based in Buildings 12 and 13.
2.2

CLIMATOLOGY

2.2.1 General
The Arabian Gulf is subject to extremes of temperature and environmental conditions and
these have a profound effect on Marine operations in the area. Seawater temperatures
offshore can range from 20 Celsius in winter to 37 Celsius in summer.
Normal ambient air temperatures (shade) range from 10 Celsius in winter to (+) 50
Celsius in summer. Extreme highs in excess of 55 Celsius have been recorded and unshaded areas can attain much higher temperatures. Extreme lows to -3 have also been
recorded.
Seasonal periods of very high humidity (up to 100%) occur, mostly in August and
September, although these are normally associated with a somewhat reduced ambient
temperature (40 - 45 Celsius).
The winds are mainly light and various with the adverse weather conditions being
predominantly NWly. The worst weather months are usually from the end of November
until March. Sudden gales may be experienced during April, until mid June.
The Shamal, (NW gales) can last for between 3 to 7 days. During the summer months it is
hot and dry and is accompanied by a low pressure over NW India. In winter the Shamal is
more severe, reaching force 9. Warnings of the Shamal or changes in the weather are
received at Halul and may be obtained on request. Heavy dust storms occur, normally with
South Westerly winds during spring and early summer, and these can last for periods of
four days or more. Even on comparatively still days, fine dust is held in suspension in the
atmosphere.
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During the early part of the year (March, April, May), and under certain conditions, the area
is affected by line squalls that tend to last for between 6 and 12 hours. These squalls are
associated with severe wind effects (60 knots+) and violent shifts in wind direction. They
are seldom forecast accurately. Therefore any marine operations taking place during this
period should take into account the possibility of being affected by such a squall without
warning.
The seawater quality is particularly severe in this region with a higher than usual salt
content conducive to excessive corrosion and oxidization.
Tidal streams can reach over two knots at times and frequently exceed one and a half
knots on both ebb and flood. The average tidal range is 0.9 - 1.5 m.
From the above it can be seen that operating under these conditions places a heavy
burden on both personnel and equipment, and that special measures should be taken as
appropriate to minimise any detrimental effects.

2.2.2 Historical

Weather Records - Downtime Days


25
20
2013

15

Average
10

2012
2011

5
0

JAN.

FEB. MAR. APR. MAY

JUN.

JUL.

AUG. SEP.

OCT. NOV. DEC.

An annual summary is produced of the number of days during which the sea height has
exceeded 4ft. This is deemed to be the sea height at which sensitive marine operations
such as rig-moving and offshore construction work are compromised and may be
interrupted.
More detailed information is available from the Meteorology section of the Qatar Department
of Civil Aviation and Meteorology.

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2.3

TERMINOLOGY

QP

: Qatar Petroleum

Drilling Rig

:A Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit. The term refers to the overall


and complete operational structure. Refer to the Marine
Department's "RIGMOVE MANUAL"

Barge

:This term refers to non-elevating displacement hulls commonly


used for supply, pipe laying and construction operations. It also
refers to the triangular shaped 'body' of a drilling rig.

Jack-up Accommodation
Barge
: To be considered the same as a Drilling Rig.
Leg

: One of the 3 or more supports for a jack-up barge or rig when in


the operational condition.

Helideck
Spud cans

: Helicopter landing area on a vessel, barge or drilling rig.


:The tanks (frequently tapered and fitted with reinforced "coral"
points) at the lower extremity of the legs on which the rig rests
when jacked up, and which prevent undue penetration of the
legs into the seabed.

Wellhead Jacket

: Steel piled structure rising from seabed to above the sea


surface and housing risers, X-mas trees and control lines.

Flow lines

: Pipelines joining wellheads to Production Stations and or


satellite jackets, export/inter field lines.

Production Station

: Steel piled, space framed, structure rising from seabed to above


the sea surface and housing production facilities, living quarters,
control lines, flaring facilities etc.

Subsea Completion

: Wellhead rising above seabed but not reaching surface (also


termed Underwater Completion).

D.S.V.

: Dive Support Vessel (Conventional or Dynamically positioned)

Workboat

: Vessel designed to provide a stable marine platform for offshore


light construction support work. Normally provided with a crane
and workshop facilities.

Standby Vessel

:Vessel tasked with providing standby duties at offshore


locations and whose principal role is the saving of life.

Chart Datum

: The level of water selected as a Datum point for any location.


This is normally the lowest astronomical tide. The height of tide
listed in tidal predictions is added to, or subtracted from, chart
datum (for that point) to obtain total water depth at any time.

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O.I.M.

: Offshore Installation Manager. Person designated by owners to


be in overall charge of the barge or rig. Occasionally referred to
as "Barge Manager".

Barge Engineer

: The Person designated to be in charge of all maintenance on a


rig or barge. He is normally responsible for jacking operations
although this varies with Owner / Operator practice.

Company Man

:The Clients (QP) Project Representative onboard the rig, barge


or vessel. (may be substituted by other personnel with prior
agreement with QP).

Manager, Marine

:The Manager of QP Marine Department and person designated


by QP to manage marine activities in QP controlled areas.

Marine Officer

:A Senior employee of QP Marine Department, acting under the


direction of the Manager, Marine Department.

Tow Master

:The QP Marine Officer designated by the Manager, Marine


Department as being responsible for directing movements and
actions of towing vessels assigned to Barge and Drilling Rig
movements within QP operating areas and for positioning the
barge in the correct location with respect to platforms, wellhead
jackets or other work locations as required.

Rig Mover

:He is responsible for planning the move from the marine


perspective. Commonly referred to as "Rigmover" when moving
jack-up drilling units.

SOC

:The Supply Operations Coordinator(s), QP staff responsible for


scheduling supply operations, based at Ras Laffan Port.

Warranty Surveyor

:Surveyor attending rig or barge move on behalf of the assured,


who is normally the rig or barge owner, in order to monitor the
manner in which the move is performed. The Warranty Surveyor
has no executive authority onboard the rig or barge. He is
expected to submit recommendations to the assureds
representative in order that the unit is operated in a safe and
proper manner and in accordance with the rig or barge's
operating manual and previously agreed procedures.

O.I.S.

:The Offshore Installation Supervisor (O.I.S.). Senior Staff


employee of QP Production Department, acting under the
direction of the Production Manager, and designated to be
person in charge of operations in a particular oil field area.

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3.0 RESPONSIBILITIES
3.1

GENERAL

QP considers that all persons engaged on Offshore marine operations in the support of oil
and gas exploration and production are qualified and responsible for ensuring that their
duties are carried out in a safe and efficient manner.
This manual mainly covers routine and foreseeable events. There will inevitably be
instances where this information will not be applicable. In these circumstances, the
individual should follow the procedures contained herein as much as possible but should
not limit his actions when it becomes apparent that this information does not necessarily
cover the particular circumstance the individual finds himself in.
It is stressed in the strongest possible terms that the safety of navigation, and hence
the safety of life, property and the environment, takes absolute priority over all other
considerations. Unsafe acts or working in unsafe conditions must be avoided at all
times.
3.2 QP MARINE DEPARTMENT RESPONSIBILITIES
QP Marine Department is responsible for providing advice and for the monitoring of all
marine activities offshore in the support of oil and gas exploration and production within the
QP Marine Operating areas.
The Manager, Marine is the focal point for QP Marine Department and he has trained and
experienced Marine Officers to act on the Departments behalf in the field and in the various
QP Marine offices.
The Marine Officers are responsible for ensuring that their duties, and marine operations
offshore are carried out in a safe and efficient manner. While acting on the authority of the
Manager, the Marine Officer may attend the movement of any vessels within QPs
operating areas.
In the event that the Marine Officer is unable to obtain direct, immediate, contact with the
Manager, or his Deputy, in circumstances where a real and quantifiable risk to QP assets
or personnel exists the designated Marine Officer has the responsibility and authority to
prohibit or limit the movement of vessels.
In the event of an incident or accident, Qatar Petroleum or their Employees shall not be
held responsible or liable for any claims, loss, damage or resulting costs to the vessel,
crew, cargo or marine environment. The terms of the General Conditions of Contract
specific to the individual vessels contract will apply.
3.2.1 QP Marine Contact Numbers
Doha Marine Ops
Doha Rig movers
Ras Laffan Vessel Schedulers
Halul - Marine Officer
Halul Work boats
Halul- Dive boats
Doha Radio A7S
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- Ph: 4440-2593/1635
- Ph: 4440-2952
- Ph: 4473-3321
Ph: 4440-3775/3400
Ph: 4440-3431
Ph: 4440-3639
Ph: 4440-2000
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Fax: 40139570

Fax: 4440-3456 VHF - P1


Fax: 4440-3624
Fax: 4440-3624

3.3

VESSEL AND BARGE MASTERS RESPONSIBILITIES

The Masters of all craft shall, when approaching or manoeuvring within the QP operating
areas, and particularly when within QP Oil & Gas Field boundaries, exercise extreme
caution at all times.
The Master of each vessel is ultimately responsible for the safety of his vessel, the
personnel onboard and any neglect resulting from the operation of that vessel.
Nothing contained in this manual shall relieve the Master of his responsibilities. He must
ensure that all relevant Qatar Petroleum, Local and International Regulations are adhered
to in respect to the condition of his vessel and operating practices.
3.4

CONTRACTORS RESPONSIBILITIES

It is the Contractors responsibility, in addition to statutory requirements, to ensure that all


staff serving onboard vessels contracted to QP, either directly or indirectly; are made aware
of QP Regulations and have copies of the relevant charts and documents onboard the
vessels.
The Contractor is responsible for ensuring that adequate back-up facilities, spare parts,
stores protective equipment and supplies are provided to the personnel onboard vessels or
barges at all times to ensure that it gives a safe and efficient service to QP.
Furthermore it is the Contractors responsibility to ensure that those serving on the different
vessels are adequately qualified and competent in performing the assigned duties.
All incidents accidents or near misses are to be reported immediately and then investigated
with relevant Reports and supporting Documents submitted to QPs Marine Department.
3.5 MOBILIZATION DOCUMENTATION
3.5.1 Customs & Immigration Clearance
It is the responsibility of all vessels and Owners to arrange their own clearance into Qatari
waters. This is to be done in Doha or in Ras Laffan by prior arrangements through a local
agent.
3.5.2 Travel Documents
It is the responsibility of all vessels and contractors to ensure that the correct travel
documentation for their staff is available for inspection on both arrival and departure in
compliance with the current Qatar Immigration Regulations.
3.5.3 Offshore Permits
Offshore permits are to be obtained in line with the current approved National and QP
procedures. These are to be obtained through the concerned QP Contract Sponsoring
Department. All personnel working offshore must have valid Survival and HUET (Opito/TBosiet), and H2S/BA training certificates, and where applicable have Permit to Work
training and certification.
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3.5.4 Identification Documents


All personnel working within the Offshore Fields Area are required to possess an approved
means of identification which could either be that issued by QP or be in the form of an
individual Company ID card. This card shall include the following:

Holders full name


Current Photograph
Company Name
Traceable number.

3.6 QUALIFICATIONS AND STANDARDS FOR MARINE CREW


QP requirements reflect the application of STCW 95, and the ISM Code (plus
amendments). The intention is not to put onerous or unreal requirements onto the Marine
Contractors but to clarify the standards that the Corporation expects to be maintained,
having due regard to both the spirit and intention of International and National Regulations
and our own need for safe operations.
The requirements for Marine certification are structured to meet the different types of craft
in the different services. QP is also guided by the minimum manning requirements adopted
by the various flag states. The Manning Certificates issued by the flag states reflect the
minimum requirements of STCW 95, this includes the State of Qatar. QP may opt to
stipulate a higher grade, particularly for Utility Work Vessels under direct contract, as we
feel this more correctly represents the standard required for our service.
Under the ISM code it is incumbent on Owners to ensure that their vessels are properly
manned and undergo familiarisation in accordance with STCW. We will require to sight
formal evidence that Owners are diligent in this matter.
It should be noted that various certificates for inshore craft, issued by National and
individual State Governments in India and Pakistan can and must be upgraded for service
in offshore vessels to reflect STCW 95 regulations. The grade issued will depend on the
experience of the person concerned.
It is a requirement that a Qatar endorsement, on the individuals base country certificate, be
obtained to sail on Qatar registered vessels.
4.0 COMMUNICATIONS AND REPORTING
4.1 OPERATING FREQUENCIES
Radio frequencies are issued by QP Communications Department after approval from the
relevant Government Authority. At present QP operates with a number of frequencies, the
most commonly used are as follows:

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Channel

Frequency

Usage

Wx P1

157.475 MHz

General marine calling and short reports

Wx P2

166.025 MHz

Outside marine band (Drilling Department)

Wx P3

162.850 MHz

Wellhead and wireline operations

Wx P4

158.100 MHz

Operational field reporting

Wx P5

158.500 MHz

Rigmove operations

THE FOLLOWING FREQUENCIES ARE ALSO IN USE WITHIN QP OPERATING AREAS


Operations

Details

Helicopter Operations

Frequency

North Region

122.2450 MHz

Other Regions

129.2000 MHz

VHF Channel 09

156.4500 MHz

VHF Channel 16

156.8000 MHz

SBM Operations

SBM 1

419.9375 / 429.9375 MHz

SBM Operations

SBM 2

419.9625 / 429.9625 MHz

SSB

QP Radio Stations

2370.0 KHz

Marine Operations

4.2

QP RADIO STATIONS

Station
Alpha Seven Sierra
(A7S)

Doha Marine

Frequencies
Wx P1/2/3/4/5
SSB 2370 KHz
VHF 9 & 16
Wx P1/2/3/4/5
SSB 2370 KHz
Wx P1/3/4/5

Halul Marine

Wx P1 & P4

PS 1/2/3

VHF 6 & 16
Wx P1 & P3
VHF 6 & 16
Wx P1 & P3
Wx P1 & P4
Wx1 & P4

Halul Radio

NF-A
Engineering - Doha.
Supply Operations Coordinator (SOC)

Watch
24 hours

24 hours

Function
Emergency calling, Control, Bleep,
Telephone link calls, ETAs,
ETAs, Emergency calling

Office hours

Marine Reporting and instruction

06h00 18h00

Marine Reporting and instruction

24 hours
24 hours
Office hours
Office hours

Field movements and work permits


Field movements and work permits
Reporting
Supply Vessel Coordination

Note: The normal Doha office hours are 0630 hrs. - 1430 hrs. (Sunday to Thursday). Outside
normal office hours, at weekends and on public holidays, the Departments duty personnel can be
contacted via Alpha Seven Sierra (A7S). Halul normal working hours are from 0600 1800 hours

4.3

RADIO EQUIPMENT

4.3.1 Permanent fixed sets on Vessels, Barges and Rigs


All radio equipment and communications procedures are to be in full compliance to SOLAS,
Q-Tel and QP rules and regulations governing communications onboard.

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All vessels, barges, rigs and marine spreads must have at least one programmable VHF
set, which can be programmed with QP's private frequencies Wx P1 to Wx P5, as required.
The actual programming must be completed prior to mobilizing to the offshore area
Long term contract vessels and AHS vessels, require two VHF sets similar to that
described above, and sited at the vessel's two manoeuvring positions.
Wx P1 is the main calling channel for Marine use and Wx P4 is for operational field
reporting. These Frequencies must be deprogrammed upon completion of each Contract.
4.3.2 Mobile Hand Sets (Walkie-Talkies)
Mobile, multi frequency, VHF and UHF radios are in extensive use throughout QP
operating areas. These are issued by QP Communications Department to other QP user
Departments who are then responsible for proper charging, or replacement of batteries and
repairs as required.
All repairs to the equipment, and the ordering of replacement QP equipment, is the
responsibility of QP Telecommunications Department
Hand held sets onboard vessels; rigs and barges operating within QP operating areas must
not be used if the frequencies programmed onto them interfere with QP frequencies.
Especially VHF Ch. 9
QP may authorize the programming of third party hand held radios with QP's frequencies
under exceptional circumstances and where necessary for efficient operations (for instance
QP contracted anchor handling and towing vessels with rig move frequency).
Any operational VHF/UHF sets are not to replace those required under the SOLAS
Convention.
All hand held sets must be intrinsically safe.

4.4

DAILY MARINE REPORTING

QP operates a fully equipped Radio Station at Doha, call sign A7S for Offshore routine and
emergency operations and monitoring of traffic. The QP Emergency Control centre, in
Doha, is based adjacent to the Radio Station.
In addition there is a manned radio Station at Halul (Halul Radio) for both Offshore
operations and external communications with export tankers.

4.4.1 Vessel Movements


All vessels must report to the Station, their movements into and out of QP Oil and Gas
fields, and other QP operating areas, as well as any changes of location within the Oil and
Gas Fields.

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4.4.2 Reporting Sequence


All reporting from vessels or barges to QP should be made via the QP Representative on
board, if there is one allocated. If no QP Representative is present, a senior and
responsible person onboard the vessel must carry out the reporting.

a) Departing Doha, Mesiaeed or Ras Laffan to Offshore Location

Report to Port Control of departure Port - VHF


Report to A7S on WX-P1
Contact destination location WX-P1
Only if bound to Halul, report to Halul Radio and to Halul Marine (office hrs)

b) Departing from an Offshore Location to Doha, Mesiaeed or Ras Laffan

Report to departure location WX-P1


Report to A7S on WX-P1
Contact destination Port Control - VHF
Only if departing from Halul, report to Halul Radio and to Halul Marine (office hrs)

c) Moving between two different offshore locations


Report to departure location WX-P1
Contact destination location giving ETA WX-P1
Only if departing/arriving Halul, report to Halul Radio and to Halul Marine (office
hrs)
At each entry into the individual QP offshore operating areas, the following details must be
reported.

Name of Vessel
Point of departure (last location)
Time of entry
Destination and purpose of visit
Estimated time of arrival at destination
Estimated time of departure from destination
No. of Personnel on board
Work to be conducted and request for "Permit to Work" approval.
Any other relevant information (such as cargo, vessel limitation, etc)

All vessels must record in the Deck (or Radio) Logbook the time that the message was
passed onto the respective station or to Halul Radio and the time of acknowledgement by
the station of the message.
Any difficulties experienced in communications with any of the stations must also be
recorded. Prolonged calling with no response should be reported to A7S or any other QP
station for retransmission to A7S.
Vessels are not permitted within the 500m restricted zone, situated around each jacket,
wellhead, station or SBM, without prior permission.

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4.4.3 Daily Reports to QP Marine Department


In addition, vessels in the field must make a daily report to QP Halul Marine, or if unable to
raise them, to QP Doha Marine, indicating their location and intended movements
throughout the day, any deviation from approved movements of the previous day plus any
defects to propulsion or navigating equipment.
The midnight R.O.B. (diesel and water remaining on board) is to be conveyed to QP
Marine. This figure should tally with the amount received and consumed. The fuel and
water tanks are to be dipped on a daily basis and any discrepancies reported.
The initial report should be made prior to 0630 hours each day to enable planning of
operations.
4.4.4 Defect Reporting
The Masters of all vessels are obliged to immediately inform QP Marine Department of any
deficiencies onboard their vessel that may affect the safety or operational nature of their
vessel. The report should contain any details of a reduction in the vessels capability,
reduced manoeuvrability, whether assistance is required or if the crew are at risk.
Should any vessel suffer a breakdown of equipment, as required by contract, at any time,
QP Marine Department must be immediately notified. The Manager Marine or his
nominated deputy, will then carry out a proper risk assessment and advise the vessel as
appropriate.
This may mean that the vessel will, (as instructed by the Manager Marine) either: Continue to work normally, or
Remain in the field, moored or anchored, until assistance can be sent, or
Cease present operations but continue to do less hazardous work (operationally
degraded status), or
Cease work immediately and leave the field area (with or without escort vessel), or
Other action as determined appropriate by the Manager Marine
4.4.5 Oil Spill Reporting
Radio station A7S, or the nearest QP Facility, should be advised immediately of any
observed spillages of oil, oily substances or other pollutants that leave a persistent slick or
oily sheen on the surface of the sea, or is liable to cause damage to the environment.
The following details should be transmitted with an incident/ accident report:

Location of oil slick


Estimated area covered by oil
Nature of the oil
Source of pollution (if known)
Wind and sea conditions
Direction and speed of slick's movement

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A7S will then initiate the required procedures to call the responsible parties to take such
actions as deemed necessary to combat this pollution.
If possible an oil sample is to be collected and labelled.
Oil dispersant shall not be used unless authorized by QP Management in Doha.

4.4.6 P.O.B. Reporting


When first coming on hire, and prior to proceeding to any offshore field area, the master
must deliver an up to date crew list to QP Marine Department.
At the beginning of each month, and whenever significant changes have been made to the
crew, an updated crew list should be delivered to Marine Department.
The Master should also report the total number of personnel on board (POB) their vessel
when departing from and arriving at offshore field locations, including Halul Island.
The reports should be made to Halul Radio (for Halul), or A7S (for Doha) or respective
control rooms for the offshore Production Stations and Wellhead Jackets.
It is the Master's responsibility to maintain an accurate P.O.B. list at all times detailing all
personnel on board, including passengers, in order that an accurate head count can be
made in emergencies.
4.4.7 Monthly Reporting
Monthly Reports submitted to the QP Marine Office shall include but may not be limited to
the following:

4.5

Monthly Operational Check Lists


Monthly Safety Check Lists
Dispersant Equipment Check Lists
Vessel Crew Lists
Charts & Publications Lists
Monthly Man Hours Report
Diesel and Water Distribution and Consumption Report
RADIO PROTOCOL

As there may be up to 70 vessels operating at any one time in QP operating areas the
private QP VHF frequencies Wx P1 and Wx P4 may become very congested.
It is therefore essential that correct radio protocol be followed to prevent confusion and
promote efficient operations. Calls should be made first on WxP1 and reporting should be
made on another VHF Marine working Channel. Lengthy radio conversations should be
avoided.
QP considers the abuse of radio communications to be a serious matter as it may have a
direct effect on the safety of a number of operations and could lead to very serious
consequences. All incidents will be investigated and appropriate action will be taken to stop
such abuses.
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4.5.1 Radio Silence


When any offshore operation (normally Drilling Rigs) are carrying out special operations
which require the use of remotely (radio frequency) activated explosives, the vessel or rig
will issue a radio warning to all vessels rigs and stations in the area requesting radio
silence.
Any vessel, rig or station within 500 meters of the rig or vessel is not permitted to use any
transmitting radio device under any circumstances except in cases of extreme emergency.
At the end of operations, the rig or vessel will announce the end of "radio silence" and
normal communications can resume.
4.5.2 Additional Requirements
In addition to any statutory requirements: Two programmable multi-channel VHF radios on the bridge, and if required by contract one
in the clients project office. These shall be capable of utilising international VHF channels 6,
10, 11, 13, 16, 70 and 80; and shall be programmed to QP's private frequencies as
described in section 3.0 of this guide (Communications and Reporting).
Sufficient intrinsically safe hand held (portable) UHF or VHF radios for intended operations.
These must be able to be programmed to QP's private frequencies as described in section
3.0 of this guide (Communications and Reporting). There should be adequate spare
batteries and battery chargers provided onboard suitable for use with these radios. These
should not be considered part of the SOLAS requirements.
One Aviation Radio (USB) tuned to the frequencies used by Gulf Helicopters in the State of
Qatar (If helideck is fitted and to be used)
One Aviation Homing Beacon (non-directional aviation beacon) if helideck is fitted and to
be used.
Public Address System (PA) clearly audible throughout the vessel and with talkback facility
at each working area.
Automatic Identification System (AIS), shall transmit continuously whilst underway or in QP
areas.
4.6

WEATHER FORECASTS

A7S transmits the preliminary weather forecast for QP operating areas on VHF frequency
WxP1 at 0600 hours daily. The full forecast for QP operating areas, plus a 24 hour weather
outlook, is transmitted daily at 0945 hours on VHF frequency WXP1.
Where a change from the predicted weather is expected, or severe weather conditions are
expected to affect QP operating areas, A7S will issue a Weather Warning bulletin, repeated
at regular intervals as required.

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4.7

EMERGENCIES

In the event of an emergency involving any vessel, barge or rig, or serious accident or
injury to personnel, the responsible person onboard must:
If on board, inform the QP Representative plus contact the QP Production Station Offshore
Installation Supervisor for the field in which the vessel or barge is operating and clearly
outline the emergency situation.

For vessels at Halul Island pass the information to Halul Radio.

All vessels are to contact A7S passing the same information. A7S will then pass this
information to the concerned persons to initiate a response. Contact QP Doha Marine or
QP Halul Marine directly after calling A7S to expedite the response.
Use VHF frequency Wx P1 for all emergency calling. If it is found impossible to transmit the
information on VHF frequency Wx P1 then any frequency may be used to ensure the
message has been transmitted. A7S and Halul Radio listen out on QP VHF frequency Wx
P1 and Wx P4, and international Channels 9 and 16.
5.0 RAS LAFFAN JETTY OPERATIONS
All vessels proceeding to Ras Laffan shall comply with 'Ras Laffan Port Regulations' and
contact Ras Laffan Port prior to arrival. The latest copies of the Port Regulations and
procedures can be obtained from the authority or from the web site:
http://www.raslaffan.com
The use of the Port Agent in Ras Laffan is compulsory for all vessels, trading internationally
or clearing inwards/outwards.
Supply vessels chartered by QP shall contact and liaise with the on duty Supply Operations
Control (SOC) for instructions and operations. The schedulers maintain a listening watch
on WXP1 during Office and some out of Office hours. Office telephone numbers
4733321/4733320 & 4733282 may be used or mobile 5544568 after hours.
6.0 HALUL ISLAND OPERATIONS
6.1

GENERAL

Any vessel that has not been previously inspected by QP, shall not approach within 3
miles of Halul Island without prior permission of QP Marine Department at Halul.
All vessels must obtain permission from QP Marine Department before utilising the harbour
and mooring facilities at Halul Island. 'Halul Marine' is the representing authority.
Halul Harbour facilities include a small harbour for the use of QP contracted Engineering,
Wireline and Wellhead Maintenance vessels. There are no facilities to supply diesel or
fresh water, except to Pilot Launches and other small Halul based craft, by prior
arrangement.
Off the island, there are a number of mooring buoys, some are permanently assigned to
Halul based craft, others can be used, with the prior permission of Halul Marine, for vessel's
sheltering from weather or for overnight standby use.
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These mooring buoys are unlit and may present a navigation hazard for approaching
vessels. Caution should therefore be exercised at all times when approaching the harbour.
6.2

E.T.A. NON ROUTINE VESSELS

The Halul Harbour has limited berth space and is extensively utilised by QP supply and
oilfield support operations. To enable proper utilisation of the limited berths, QP Marine
Department requires an application from non-routine callers to be made in writing, at least
24 hours in advance.
Provided that this 24 hours notice of arrival has been received, QP Marine Department will
endeavour to make a berth or berths available for a limited period. QP will not, however, be
held responsible for any delays resulting from the non-availability of a berth.
For multiple visits, requests for assistance should be made through the sponsoring
Department.
The mooring buoys outside the harbour may need to be moved at short notice to be
positioned elsewhere in QP operating areas. Their availability is limited, and QP contracted
vessels will have priority for their use.
Due to operational and other requirements, the harbour may have to be cleared at short
notice. It is therefore imperative that vessels berthed at Halul maintain a continuous radio
watch and are always ready to depart under their own power.
There is a small alternate jetty on the West of the harbour which is generally used by the
vessels carrying cargo for various on going projects at Halul. The traffic at the Alternate
jetty is controlled by the Halul Marine and the Marine Officers permission is required before
approaching or moving from this jetty. All vessels on the jetty should maintain a continuous
listening watch on the radio.
6.3

LIABILITY

All users of the Harbour and moorings at Halul Island do so at their own risk and liability.
Users shall be responsible for any loss or damage to QP assets or damage to their
property of which they are found liable. They shall also be responsible for any damage to
the property of any third party involved. Users shall undertake to pay for all costs incurred
by QP and/or third parties as a result of the above. This includes (but not limited to) the
removal of wrecks and or other obstructions resulting from the aforementioned losses or
damages.
Users shall also be responsible for any injury or death of QP and/or third party personnel
caused by above. Users shall hold QP harmless against any claims resulting from such
injury, death, loss or damage.
QP shall not be held liable for any loss of, or damage to, property, equipment, injury or
death of personnel howsoever and by whomsoever caused including the negligence or
default of QP and/or its personnel including environmental pollution. All the above liabilities
shall be governed by the Contractors contract with QP.

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6.4

COSTS

QP does not levy any charges for the use of their facilities, however QP reserves the right
to do so in the future, in which case all concerned parties will be duly advised in writing,
prior to being given permission to use the facility.
6.5

OPERATING LIMITATIONS

The Marine Officer at Halul Marine is responsible for controlling the vessel movements in
and out of Halul and for allocating berth space. Working hours are from 0600 Hrs. to 1800
Hrs. everyday of the week.
All vessels must stop before approaching Halul, test the engines astern and verify that both
sets of controls are functioning correctly and that the change over to the manoeuvring
control positions are successful before proceeding inwards.
Vessels should enter at a reduced or manoeuvring speed, which must not exceed 4 knots.
From time to time, during construction activities, it may be necessary to further limit speeds
and approaches by vessels. This will be advised either by a Marine Bulletin or by radio.
Due to a number of incidents at Halul, during the change of steering controls from forward
to aft, the change-over procedure is to be posted at each control station and shall become
a part of each crew change handover to his relief at the end of each tour of duty.
It is stressed that the change-over of controls is only to take place if the vessel is stopped,
clear of any obstructions and when there is sufficient time to conduct the change-over.
The change over should be conducted before entering the harbour and the vessel should
be manoeuvring stern first. The tide, current and wind direction and strength must be
considered prior to mooring, unmooring or working in close vicinity to any structure or
possible danger to the vessel.
All vessels must report (via radio) to Halul Marine for permission to enter or leave the
harbour, and await permission before taking any action. Since the Halul Marine office is not
manned round the clock, movements between 1800 Hrs. and 0600 hours shall be kept to
an absolute minimum and planned (in advance) with the Halul Marine Officer.
The berths in the harbour have restrictions with regards to the use of mobile cranes. All
parties planning to use mobile cranes may contact their sponsoring Department for further
details.
Heavy plant and tracked vehicles may damage the jetty surface. Permission must be
obtained prior to planning the offloading of heavy load over 40 Metric Tonnes or any
tracked vehicles at Halul Island.
6.6

DRAFT LIMITATIONS

The berths at Halul have restricted water depths alongside. The max. draft permissible
alongside the new East jetty is 6.5 m. with a maximum of 7.5 m at high tide. The area in
front of the MRO building has been dredged to 6.0 m but may be susceptible to a build up
over time. The Marine Officer at Halul is to be contacted for updated information. Charts of
the area may be obtained from QP Marine Department.
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6.7

HALUL ISLAND EMERGENCIES

The following procedures are to be strictly adhered to.


6.7.1 Field Craft Alongside Halul
On the sounding of the Halul Island alarm signal (a siren sounded continuously for 4
minutes or more), all personnel should immediately report on board their respective
vessels.
All persons in charge of the vessels should promptly conduct a head count and
advise Halul Marine, on Wx P1, that all crewmembers are present, or the names of
those that are missing.
The Marine Officer will then report the P.O.B. count to the QP Emergency Coordinator.
All vessels must suspend their activities, start their engines, and maintain a listening
watch on Wx P1 for further instructions from the QP Marine Officer
In order to avoid Wx P1 congestion, all radio communications should be brief and
confined to essential information only.
Vessels may be requested to start their fire pumps to confirm readiness to respond to
a fire incident.
6.7.2 Chartered Craft Alongside or just off Halul Island
Based on the situation, and prevailing circumstances, the duty Marine Officer may contact
each chartered craft individually on Wx P1 and advise appropriate instructions.
6.7.3 Tankers Loading or Discharging at Halul SBM's
In the event that a tanker is moored at any of the QP SBM loading facilities at Halul Island,
all loading or discharging operations may be stopped. The Tanker Support Tug will make
preparations to assist in vacating the SBM.
7.0 OFFSHORE OPERATIONS
QP Offshore Fields are regarded as being congested areas, and whilst every attempt is
made to provide accurate navigational information to vessels, care must be taken when
operating within the designated areas. The presence of unlit mooring buoys, unlit jackets
and new uncharted pipelines is always a possibility. It is strongly recommended that the
vessels speed is reduced during the hours of darkness. The Safety Standby vessel for
each field can be contacted for local information.
The majority of the subsea pipelines are laid on the seabed that reduces the charted depth,
in these areas, by as much as 2 metres.

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Masters must ensure a good lookout is maintained, and should be particularly mindful of
the strong currents that are encountered in the area when manoeuvring near to any
structures.
Vessels are not permitted to anchor without the approval from QP Marine Department.
The Marine Department issues Marine Bulletins as and when necessary. All vessel Masters
operating in the offshore fields should liaise with Halul Marine to ensure that they have all
the latest marine bulletins on board. The contents of these bulletins are to be strictly
complied with.
8.0 GENERAL OPERATING REQUIREMENTS
This section applies to all vessels operating in QP areas of operation. Particular
requirements for individual vessels will be detailed in that vessel's contract and the terms
and conditions of the technical specification of the contract relating to the work scope
should be referred to for these details.
Additional requirements for barges are contained within QP specifications for pipe lay and
construction barges.
Additional requirements for rigs and jack up barges are contained within the QP Marine
Department's RIGMOVE MANUAL.
8.1

ENVIRONMENT

As Qatar Waters are classified as a special area under MARPOL all vessels are to ensure
that all measures are taken to prevent any harm to the marine environment. Masters are
required to report any breaches of Local and International Regulations. The preservation of
the environment is important to QP and the Qatar Government. Any breaches in the
MARPOL regulations are considered serious and appropriate action will be taken.

8.2

EQUIPMENT

All equipment carried must be subject to regular and frequent inspections onboard the
vessel itself and maintained in good condition.
Vessels will not be allowed to enter QP operating areas if they are deemed by the
Manager, Marine to be defective in any significant way, to have inadequate life saving
appliances onboard or, by the nature of its construction or operating constraints, that it
poses an unacceptable risk to QP assets, other vessels or to personnel.
8.3

COMPLIANCE WITH REGULATIONS

The vessel must comply with the requirements as contained in the following:

Rules and Regulations of the Vessels Registry (Flag State)


Rules and Regulations of the vessels Classification Society
International Convention of Load Lines, 1966 (with latest amendments)
International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), the 1974 SOLAS
Convention, the 1978 SOLAS protocol and all subsequent amendments including

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the 1991 amendments, Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS),
International Ships Management Systems (ISM) and International Ship& Port
Facility Security Code.
International Conference for the Prevention of Pollution at Sea by Ships 1973 and
1978 (MARPOL),
Ballast Water Management Systems Qatar, ROPME/MEMAC and GCC
Regulations
Protocol concerning the Marine Pollution resulting from Exploration and
Exploitation of the Continental Shelf, 1979 (ROPME)
Qatar Government Rules and Regulations
QP Rules and Regulations covering Safety, Marine Operations, lifting equipment
and QP operations procedures relevant to the work scope
All International Maritime Conventions to which the State of Qatar Government
and Flag State is a signatory
Contractual requirements
ILO

It should be noted that Qatars Environmental Laws may be stricter than the requirements
of MARPOL, with severe financial penalties for any breaches.
8.4

CERTIFICATES

All vessels entering QP operating areas shall have onboard Statutory and Operational
documents and Certificates.
Original certificates shall be kept onboard all the individual vessels, and be made available
for review and inspection whenever requested by QP Marine and other concerned QP
Departments.
8.5

MANUALS, PUBLICATIONS AND DIAGRAMS

The individual Company's Safety Regulations and QP's "Safety Regulations for
Contractors" must be the available to the Masters of the vessels.
The latest edition of all necessary field charts and Marine publications for QP operating
areas are available from QP Marine Department and larger scale Navigational charts from
The British Admiralty or equivalent Authority.
All vessels entering QP operating areas must have onboard the Guides and Manuals
stipulated in the Appendix of this guide. These should be maintained and kept up to date as
required and ready for inspection by QP Marine Officers.
QP issues Marine Bulletins from time to time, usually as a result of an accident, incident,
or improvement advising Masters of changes to the Operating Procedures. Copies of back
issues are available from the Marine Department on request.
Vessels are to ensure that they also implement their respective Companies Policies and
Procedures in respect to HSE and routine operations.

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8.6

GENERAL EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS

The vessel shall be well maintained, of suitable construction and capable of operating
safely and efficiently in the local environmental and weather conditions meeting
contractual requirements at all times..
8.6.1 Vessel Cranes
Vessels fitted with a crane, which is in commission, shall comply with the following:
The crane or cranes shall be in a good operating condition and have been inspected
and certified in accordance with QP Lifting Gear Regulations by a QP approved
surveying company.
All original certification for the cranes and lifting gear shall be available onboard.
Stability or Information specific to Crane Operations shall be Class approved.
The Crane Operator to be in possession of a valid certificate issued by an approved
third party.
The Crane and Crane Operators certificate shall be approved by QPs Quality
Assurance Department and available on board.
8.6.2 Helideck
Vessels fitted with a helideck intended to be used for operations, must comply with the
following: The helideck shall be in good condition, of solid construction, and be suitable for the
Bell 212,Bell 412 and AW139 type helicopters currently in use by Gulf Helicopters
Qatar Civil Aviation Regulations require the Standards in (ICAO, ANNEX 14) to apply.
To ensure compliance, Gulf Helicopter personnel will inspect the helideck prior to
landings commencing, preferably prior to mobilization.
8.6.3 Fendering
All vessels shall be fitted with suitable and adequate fendering as required for their
particular operations including the mooring alongside of supply and towing vessels. The
fenders are to be inspected regularly and replaced as necessary.
8.7

NAVIGATIONAL EQUIPMENT

All vessels must have onboard adequate navigational equipment to ensure the safe
navigation in QP operating areas. In view of the dangers associated with vessels
movements in congested field areas, especially at night, it is imperative that all navigational
equipment onboard not only be operational but that it should also be operating and tested
prior to entering into field areas.
The equipment will be sighted in such a manner as to be visible to the person manoeuvring
the vessel and allow ease of use. If two manoeuvring positions are available, equipment
should be sited or duplicated as necessary to allow the use of this equipment from both
positions.

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Survey packages, if carried, are to be checked, to verify the accuracy of the readings, on a
regular basis.
Additional equipment may be required by particular vessel types (for instance D.P. vessels
and vessel's capable of operating helicopters) or by contract.
8.8

MEDICAL STORES

All Masters are to ensure that their Medical stores and supplies are in date and meet the
minimum requirements for their class and for the number of persons on board. This must
comply with the World Health Organizations minimum requirements or that found in the
Ships Captains Medical Guide. (Cat. B)
Additional Medical Supplies may be required for specific vessels as per their individual
contracts.
Each vessel will also be equipped with a First Aid Kit for each 10 men on board
Medical Facilities are available at Ras Laffan and Halul, and to a lesser degree at Rigs and
stations, but it is expected that vessels can handle their own first aid cases. Any injury
resulting in a first aid treatment or lost time must be reported to QP Marine Department as
soon as possible.
8.9

ACCOMMODATION

The accommodation, messing and stores rooms shall comply with the following:

All berth and mess areas required to fully accommodate the vessel's crew,
workers and QP personnel shall be air conditioned in accordance with
International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention 92, Supplement 133 and
Recommendation 140.
The air conditioning system shall be capable of maintaining a maximum constant
24 C (76F) temperature and 50% relative humidity in the above air-conditioned
areas under peak ambient conditions of 45C (113F) air temperature, 95%
relative humidity and 35C (93F) sea temperature.
Single berth accommodation with separate wash and bathroom facilities shall be
provided for QP personnel where possible. There will no more than two QP
personnel to any one cabin.
The accommodation including the galley and stores shall be kept clean and
infestation free at all times. Regular appropriate pest control measures are to be
carried out.
Freezer, chiller and dry store space sufficient for a minimum of two weeks
provisions shall be provided.
Freezer and chiller shall have external temperature gauges. The temperatures of
both shall be sustainable at -18C and +4C respectively.
Walk-in rooms shall have internal alarms and doors equipped with latches that can
be opened from the inside.
Western and Arabic meals must be provided for QP staff as required.

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8.10 MACHINERY SPACES


All vessels entering QP Oil Field or Halul shall have, as a minimum, two fully functioning
main engines and twin propellers. Depending on conditions of service, and the terms and
conditions of the contract, a bow thruster and stern thruster may be required.
Vessels without clutched main engines or controllable pitch propellers will not be permitted
into QP Oil and Gas Fields or Halul harbour.
Engines, generators, pumps, thrusters and winches shall be as required by the individual
contracts and be in fully operational condition.
Machinery spaces must be kept clean, well ventilated and oil free at all times.
8.11 SAFETY
8.11.1 General Requirements
There shall be at least one emergency Muster List and H 2S Muster List on each deck
level
There shall be at least one updated, approved and stamped Fire and Safety Plan on
each deck level.
There shall be at least one updated, approved and stamped Emergency Fire Control
Plan situated outside the accommodation in a highly visible, easy to open, weather
proof container.
The operators Emergency Response Procedure is to be posted on the bridge near
the radio giving contact telephone numbers in the event of any emergency including
Medevac, grounding, fire etc.
All escape routes in the accommodation and engine room shall be marked with
luminescent tape and signs and kept clear of all obstructions.
The positions of all lifesaving appliances (extinguisher, axes etc.) shall be marked with
luminescent signs.
The Paint locker will be properly constructed and ventilated with a fire detection and
extinguishing system. A fire extinguisher is to be placed close to the entrance and a
warning sign posted. Light fitting in the paint locker are to be explosion proof.
Where a workboat or fast Rescue Boat is provided, it will be a diesel powered boat
and will be fitted with sufficient life saving equipment as required. Petrol driven
engines and the carriage of petrol is prohibited.
Bilge Alarms shall be fitted and operational at all times. These are to be tested on a
regular basis.
Fire, abandon ship, man-overboard and H2S Drills should be conducted at regular
intervals. All personnel should be familiar with all aspects of BA and escape sets.
All Safety Equipment and Safety devices are to be properly maintained at all times.
The individual Company Safety Procedures and Policies are to be followed.
A sewerage treatment plant shall be fitted and operational at all times. By-passing the
STP is not permitted and is deemed as a serious breach of MARPOL.
In addition, QP Marine Department may require certain extra equipment to be carried
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conditions that exist in QP operating areas. This extra equipment is normally specified in
the contract stipulations.
8.12 SPECIFIC VESSEL TYPE REQUIREMENTS
8.12.1 D.P. Vessels
Dynamically Positioned Vessels working within QP's operating areas shall comply with the
QP Marine Department requirements and procedures contained in the Procedures Manual
for Operation of Dynamically Positioned Vessels and as a minimum meet the Flag State,
Class requirements, IMCA guidelines and safe DP operating practices including that of the
issuing authority.
Prior to any vessel being accepted on contract to QP, the vessel will be subject to an
inspection by QP Marine, safety and other concerned departments. Where possible this
inspection should take place some time prior to the contract start date to enable any
remedial work to be carried out. For all specialized vessel, the inspection will also include
the specialized equipment, machinery and procedures particular to D.P operations. It is
usual (if convenient to all parties and if the vessel is found acceptable in all other respects)
to carry out pre-mobilization trials of the vessels D.P system concurrent with this
inspection.
Prior to a D.P vessel being allowed to work in QP controlled areas for the first time it will be
required to undergo a Pre- mobilization Trial. A suitably qualified and experienced QP
Regulation Officer/Marine Officer will normally directly supervise this, although a third party
inspector may be nominated to carry out this work, if its required by client. The Premobilization Trial is not intended to repeat the scope and depth of the annual audit but is
primarily to satisfy QP that the vessel is fit for purpose. It will therefore normally be
restricted to setting up of the D.P system in a manner able to demonstrate that the system
is functioning normally and that all personnel are fully familiar with its operation.
Annual proving trials will be carried out and observed by QP Regulation Officer/Marine
Officer, to ensure continued compliance with the original FMEA audit and in accordance
with IMCA guidelines.

8.12.2 Barges
Barges, whether self-propelled or non self-propelled operating within QP's operating areas
shall comply with the QP Marine Department requirements and procedures contained in the
Procedures guide for Pipe lay Barge Operations.
These Barges may be required to have anchor-handling vessels with them as part of the
spread where the barges cannot lay their own anchors.
The Manager Marine will review the number and type of anchor handling vessels required
on a case-by-case basis.
8.12.3 Safety Standby Vessels
The additional equipment requirement for Safety Standby Vessels is detailed in the vessels
contract details.
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Procedures to carry out the contractual function of these vessels are to be available and
followed in the event of an incident. These procedures are to be practised by conducting
regular training drills to ensure that all crew members are familiar and properly trained in
their respective roles and responsibilities.
Any specific or additional training exercises, requested by the respective Stations, must
also be carried out in addition to the routine drills.

8.12.4 Supply Vessel Operations


Supply vessels standing by or waiting to offload or backload at any Rig, Station or Barge
shall remain underway (outside the fields at night) or anchor outside the oilfield area well
clear of pipelines or underwater structures.
Masters scheduled to offload or backload at a new drilling location must communicate with
the Marine Department regarding safe, approved anchoring areas.
In critical cases the Marine Department will organise or provide marker buoys or a mooring
buoy for use by the supply vessel.
New joining Supply Vessel Masters or Masters returning from leave, must discuss with the
Marine Representative the Rig location(s) and anchoring and mooring arrangements.
Supply vessel operations are coordinated by the Schedulers based at Ras Laffan(SOC),
who will issue Voyage instructions, material and passenger manifests. In addition vessels
will be required to complete the voyage log sheets and records, SOC will advise on the
manner and number to be completed.
Up to date crew lists and passenger manifests must be available for security checks at any
time. Supply vessels should not depart from Ras Laffan without these documents. After the
issue of the documents by SOC, no further cargo or passengers should be taken on board
unless specifically advised by SOC.
8.12.5 Drilling Rigs
The requirements for additional Marine equipment to be carried by Drilling rigs is detailed
as per the contractual requirements.
8.12.6 Drilling Rig/Barge Minimum Distances
Horizontal clearances from flow lines/subsea wells to rig or barge legs when legs are near
the seabed must not be less than 25 feet (8 m). Vertical distance clearances must not be
less than 15 feet (5 m).
If necessary the proposed rig heading must be adjusted so that the distances of a minimum
of 25 feet (8 m) between the rig flow line are guaranteed., and in case it is required to be
closer than the mentioned minimum distance to the pipeline for operational needs, a full
risk assessment would be carried out in consultation with all the concerned departments
and underwater inspection at the time of lowering the legs will be carried out to monitor and
confirm the legs placement.
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If it is found that it is operationally necessary to place a rig closer than 8 feet (2.5 m) from
the primary structure of any wellhead jacket, platform or other structure, then this will be
considered a critical operation and requires a letter of indemnity issued from the field
operator and the authorization from the Manager, Marine Department.. A full risk
assessment would be carried out in consultation with all concerned departments...
In view of the risks involved, the distance from the primary structure of the Rig to the
primary structure of the wellhead jacket or platform must never be closer than 5 feet.
On the rare occasion that the rig has to be positioned less than 5 feet then a procedure of
controlled approach will be agreed beforehand.
Tugs are normally inspected and approved by the designated QP rig mover to ensure that
they are fit for the purpose. When tugs are assigned and chosen for the operation, Tug
masters must ensure that the vessel is ready as per check list and report any deficiencies
to the designated rig mover.

9.0 INSPECTIONS
9.1

PRE MOBILISATION INSPECTION

QP will inspect all vessels, including barges, prior to the mobilisation into the operating
areas. This is to ensure that they meet the appropriate standards for operations within QP
oil and gas fields.
In order to perform a standardised inspection format, a standard inspection checklist
applicable to all vessel types has been adopted. Blank copies of this checklist may be
obtained, on request, from QP Marine Department or through the sponsored Department.
All vessels are required to be equipped so that they are fit for purpose.

Towing equipment, bridles, springs, brackets and securing points if fitted.


Radio and navigation equipment
Safety & Life saving equipment
Accommodation
Procedures and documentation
Certification.
Cranes and cargo handling equipment
Mooring arrangements.
Machinery spaces and auxiliary power plants
Design of Hull form and deck layout, towing characteristics and limitations in
operating parameters.
Peculiarities with design which affect safe navigation or cargo handling.
Winches, Anchors, Wires and methods of attaching D.P. buoys (if required).
Anchor handling and Set-up procedures

Ras Laffan requires that all offshore vessels calling at Ras Laffan maintain a current OVID
Inspection Report by an approved source.

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9.2

OPERATIONAL INSPECTIONS

The Marine Department conducts regular inspections of the vessels, under contract to QP,
to ensure that the vessels are maintained to an acceptable standard, all the certificates are
valid and required machinery, safety procedures are enforced and equipment, including fire
and safety, are in a satisfactory working condition.
These inspections do not relieve the Companies or individual Masters of their
responsibilities in regard to ensuring that all outstanding deficiencies or repairs are
identified, itemised and scheduled to be rectified.
9.3

PORT STATE CONTROL INSPECTIONS

These inspections are carried out in accordance with the current agreements among the
GCC States. QP will, on behalf of the State of Qatar, randomly carry out Port State Control
Inspections of vessels calling at their ports.

9.4

HELICOPTER OPERATIONS

Transportation to and from rigs and barges for personnel is most often a normal flight and
is arranged with the Contract Sponsoring Department. Direct arrangement with the
Helicopter Schedulers is not encouraged.
In certain circumstances a special helicopter flight or diversion of a scheduled flight is
deemed necessary. This requires special authorisation and the completion of the special
Flight Booking Form. Special flights require signature from one of the following.

Manager Marine
Asset Holding Manager (Drilling Manager, Engineering Manager or Production
Manager)
Operations Manager

These should be arranged and submitted at least one day in advance (and prior to the
weekend) to enable the flights to be organized.
Routine helicopter flights to the Rigs during a move, whilst preloading or jacking up
operations are not generally permitted. All approved flights must be necessary for the
safety of the rig or personnel. The helicopter Pilot decision on the suitability to land is final
and a helicopter shutdown is not to be permitted.
9.5

HOT WORK

Should it be deemed necessary to carry out hot work activities on board any vessel working
within the vicinity of any Production Station, e.g. welding/cutting/grinding or any other
operation that could cause a spark, the following should be noted:
a) No hot work is to be carried out within 500 meters of the installation without obtaining
a Hot Work Permit, issued by the Offshore Installation Supervisor.

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b) Whenever possible, the Master should consider moving his vessel to a distance of at
least of at least 0.5 nautical miles from the installation, where a hot work permit would
not be required. The Offshore Installation Supervisor should be informed of his
intentions to carry out hot work, and the location of the vessel within the field area.
c) In all cases where hot work is to be carried out, a habitat must be erected to ensure
the Installation line of sight UV detectors are protected.
9.6

WASTE COLLECTION & DISPOSAL

The Gulf Region is classified as a MARPOL Special Area. The disposal into the sea of all
non-biodegradable garbage such as plastics (including plastic bags), paper, rags, glass,
metal, bottles, crockery and similar items is strictly prohibited. Garbage is to be kept
separated and disposed according to type.
Vessels calling at Halul Island and Ras Laffan must dispose of their waste in the facilities
provided according to these locations requirements.
All non-biodegradable waste, including dirty oil, on Standby vessels and other field craft
that remain isolated from shore facilities, should pass on their waste to the nearest
Offshore Installation for disposal.
There is a solid waste and bilge oil disposal reception facility procedure implemented at
Halul. All Halul based vessels are to ensure that the facilities are used accordingly. It is not
permitted to allow any contaminants to run off into the harbour.
Each vessels Sewerage Treatment Plants are to be operational at all times with the
sewerage disposal in accordance to Marpol requirements.
In the event of an oil spill, dispersant is not to be used in the water except with the express
permission of QP Management. A QP pollution incident form must be completed and a
copy forwarded to the vessels sponsoring Department.
10.0 ANCHORING OR MOORING IN THE OPERATIONAL AREA
10.1 RESPONSIBILITIES
The responsibility for the correct laying and recovery of moorings and anchors in QP
operating areas rests entirely with the person in charge of the vessel or barge.
Any damage caused by anchors, moorings, wires or chain laid, or run by any vessel will be
on the account of the vessel and it's owners and/or operators.
Approval of an anchor pattern by Marine Department does not relieve the contractor of his
responsibility and/or liability of holding QP harmless against any and all damages; injuries
and third party claims that may arise as a result of laying said anchor patterns.
Buoys positioned as back down buoys shall not be used for general mooring purposes,
particularly in adverse weather conditions.

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10.2 SUBMISSION OF ANCHOR PATTERNS


All vessels and barges must apply for formal authorisation and approval from QP Marine
Department prior to laying any anchors, whether singly or as part of an anchor pattern, in
any of QP's operating areas (including Halul Island, North Field or QP Oilfields), or near
any of QP's facilities and/or pipelines.
It is preferable that the master of the vessel laying the anchor / anchors prepare the request
as he will have the best information on the capabilities of his vessel. Where large spreads
or multiple anchor drops are involved, it will be acceptable to QP Marine Department for the
Project Manager's office to prepare the anchor patterns, provided the Masters of the
vessels involved are consulted.
10.2.1 Notice Required to approve anchor Patterns
The request for approval must be submitted in good time to allow for a review. It should be
submitted in writing and comply with the detailed requirements as contained in subsection
entitled Format of Anchor Patterns.
For a vessel wishing to drop a single anchor (during daylight hours only), and where the
vessel will not be securing to wellhead jackets or other structures, the QP Marine
Department may give permission by radio (on VHF Wx 1 frequency) during office hours.
Single Anchors may not be deployed at night, within the field boundaries
Supply vessels may, in exceptional circumstances be given permission to drop anchor
during the hours of darkness. This will only be considered for open water locations
adjacent to drilling rigs and only when essential for the urgent re-supply of the rig to prevent
it shutting down.
QP Marine Department may request a meeting with the Contractors' Senior Supervisors,
prior to mobilisation, in order to discuss anchor patterns.
10.2.2 Alterations to Approved Anchor Patterns
Changes must only be made to the previously authorised anchor pattern if operationally
required. Changes to the previously authorised anchor pattern, or to the position of vessels
moored within the pattern, must only be made following agreement with the QP onboard
representative.
All changes must be made on the original submitted pattern, in ink and endorsed by the QP
Marine Department representative onboard with his signature and the date and time of the
authorisation. All changes must be clearly distinguishable from the original.
10.3 NIGHT WORKING
In principle all mooring and moving of vessels in QP oil and gas fields will be carried out
during day light hours only.
However, the following exceptions are permitted provided they have the approval of the
O.I.S.

Vessels engaged in Supply operations to rigs and stations.

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Vessels engaged in diving Survey and ROV at night where anchoring is not
required.

DP vessels on 24 hours operations.

Safety vessels engaged in their normal duties.

Departure from the field for any exceptional reason such as an emergency or
weather conditions that would be deemed to make it unsafe for the vessel to remain
on location.

Lay barges or large construction barges may continue to move anchors at night
providing that the anchors are being handled by an AHT equipped with an approved
positioning system, a fully operational radar and gyro compass.

Regardless of the above, initial setting up must always be carried out in daylight
hours only and barges must always be secured and safely stabilised on at least four
anchors by sunset.

"Walking" a barge through the Oil and Gas Fields (when not pipe laying) is only
permitted with approved anchor patterns and during daylight hours. Generally,
towing to the next location or back to the start up position is preferred.

Other night operations may be permitted after consultation with and approval from
the Marine Department and authorised by the area's O.I.S. Local moves up to 20m
on already secured anchors can be allowed in consultation with the onboard QP
Representative.

10.4 FORMAT OF ANCHOR PATTERNS


Request for approval of Anchor patterns must be presented in a standard format and,
include, as a minimum, the following:
a) A detailed, written, procedure for running and recovery of the anchors. To include:

Anchor types, weight and sizes


Method of securing safety straps to anchor and AHT
Method of monitoring tension in wires
Method to determine if anchors are dragging
Positioning system to be employed for positioning anchors
Size of Anchor and lengths of Pennant wires to be used and their availability.
Type, design, size and method of securing D.P. buoys (if used)

b) Two copies of all anchor patterns must be submitted, one for review and return with
approval, and one for retention by QP Marine Department.
These must be drawn, legibly, in ink on the latest QP issued 1:2500 scale charts and must
be signed by a responsible person. Anchor patterns on QP issued 1:5000 scale charts
are acceptable providing it can be demonstrated that clarity and accuracy has not been
sacrificed.

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These anchor patterns must show, as a minimum,

The name of the vessel or barge


The position of the vessel or barge with each position clearly identified if more than
one
The position of all anchors and wires, including UTM co-ordinates, printed close to
the anchor position.
The position of all fixed structures, seabed obstructions and pipelines.
The identification marks or numbers on pennant buoys for each anchor
The positions and identifying numbers of all damage prevention buoys
The line out distances
The name of person responsible for the vessel or barge
The date and time of submission

10.5 MOORING TO OR ANCHORING ADJACENT TO FIXED STRUCTURES


10.5.1 Mooring to Fixed Structures
QP does not permit the routine mooring of vessels or barges of more than 1000 M.T.
displacement to fixed structures in QP operating areas by attachment of either wires or
ropes.
10.5.2 Marine Crafts Under 1000 M/T Displacement
Small field craft, personnel carriers, wireline support vessels and other small vessels of less
than 1000 M.T. displacement are allowed to routinely moor to fixed structures in suitable
weather conditions, for mooring and platform access.
It should be clearly borne in mind by the responsible person onboard that the time to let go
may be earlier in situations when wind, sea and current forces are working in the same
direction. The mooring lines must be attached in such a way that in the event of an
emergency let go, no mooring lines are left trailing in the water that may hinder other
vessels.
Use of soft lines (ropes) for securing to structures is permitted. Wire rope is not permitted
under any circumstances.
The vessel's ropes must never be secured to the actual boat landing. They should be
secured around the structures main legs, in such a manner as they can be released from
the vessel deck.
There must be a bridge watch keeper on duty at all times on the bridge. He should monitor
the sea, wind and the forces on the wellhead jacket continuously to ensure that the vessel
can be unmoored prior to the forces on the structure becoming excessive.
10.5.3 Vessels Over 1000 M/T Displacement
Vessels of more than 1000 M.T. displacement, but of normal offshore support vessel size,
will not normally be allowed to moor alongside the WHJ boat-landings, as these were not
designed to withstand the forces imposed by these larger vessels. Under controlled
conditions in good weather they may be permitted to secure stern to using soft line
moorings to the jacket legs, and a bow mooring to hold the vessel off, provided that there
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will be a bridge watch keeper on duty at all times on the bridge. He must monitor the sea,
wind and the forces on the wellhead jacket continuously to ensure that the vessel can be
unmoored prior to the forces on the structure becoming excessive.
Larger Vessels and/or Barges may be given permission to moor to a fixed structure's legs
using soft mooring ropes as part of their anchor pattern provided, the following additional
requirements are met:The mooring ropes attached to the fixed structure are not the primary moorings and that the
vessel has deployed adequate anchors and that the soft lines to structures are used only to
steady the vessel or to assist with final positioning. Alternatively vessels may use pre-laid
moorings of adequate capacity and strength in lieu of anchors.
Unless relevant circumstances dictate otherwise, the vessel must be warped off the jacket
to a distance of not less than 30 meters using the anchors.
Whilst in this standoff position the bridge/tower must be manned by a responsible person
who can take corrective action should the weather deteriorate.
The final responsibility for authorising attachment of ropes to fixed structures lies with the
QP asset holding Department Manager. In liaison with QP Structural Engineers a survey
will be carried out to determine the loads liable to be imposed on the fixed structure, to
identify whether the structure concerned is able to sustain these loads without significant
risk to the integrity of the structure.

10.5.4 Damage Prevention Buoys


When running wires across existing flowlines, particularly lines fitted with piggyback control
chemical injection lines, the use of damage prevention (D.P.) buoys is mandatory where
there is any possibility of the wires coming into contact with the flowlines.
The use of a Safety Strop, securing the anchor to the anchor-handling vessel, is also
mandatory from the time the AHT leaves the assisted vessel's side until it is well clear of
any flow lines to be crossed (minimum of 100 metres in the direction of pull)
10.5.5 Anchoring and Mooring at Production Stations and Halul
Due to the extreme congestion of the seabed in the vicinity, and the likelihood of serious
damage to existing QP assets, it is expressly prohibited for any vessel to use anchors near
to any of QP's offshore Production Stations.
In cases of extreme emergency, every attempt should be made to manoeuvre the vessel
clear of the production station prior to dropping the anchor.

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In cases of extreme emergency, every attempt should be made to contact QP Marine


Department for advice on possible assistance from other vessels in the vicinity or, failing
that, where best to deploy the anchor to minimise the risk to QP assets and personnel.
A number of import or export pipelines and fibre optic cables are located in the vicinity
around Halul Island. Anchoring at Halul Island outside the dedicated anchorage area is
forbidden without prior approval from QP Marine Department. A number of mooring buoys
are positioned outside of the harbour on the south side of Halul Island and may be utilised
for the mooring of vessels outside the harbour, vessels sheltering from inclement weather
or for overnight standby use with the prior agreement of QP Marine Department's
representative on Halul Island.
Entry into Halul Island Harbour is not allowed without the prior approval of QP Marine
Department's representative on Halul Island. Further information on regulations concerning
Halul Island can be found in section 6.0 of this guide (Operations at Halul Island).
10.5.6 Mooring and unmooring of marine vessels at PS-1/2/3
When vessels are required to moor and unmoor at PS-1/2/3 during marginal weather
conditions, they may request for assistance in the mooring and unmooring operations. The
need for assistance in mooring and unmooring should be requested by radio to the station,
well in advance to enable the station to mobilise the personnel necessary to assist.
10.5.7 Mooring Buoys
A number of unlit mooring buoys are positioned throughout QP operating areas, including
field areas and Halul Island.
Great care should be exercised when navigating in these areas as vessels moored to the
buoys, and the buoys and their pennant wires constitute a hazard to navigation.
Most of the mooring buoys are deployed for specific operations and other vessels should
not moor up to these buoys without first obtaining permission. Permission is to be obtained
prior to using a backdown buoy as a mooring buoy as the direction of pull may not be as
per designed placement or configuration
The mooring buoys and anchors positioned outside of the harbour on the south side of
Halul Island are temporarily "wet-stowed" awaiting use elsewhere in QP operating areas.
They are utilised for the mooring of vessels outside the harbour, vessels sheltering from
inclement weather or for overnight standby use.
10.6 ANCHOR HANDLING VESSELS
These tugs must be in good operating condition, be able to safely carry out anchoring,
towing and general operations related to the spread activity, These anchor handling /
towing vessels will generally be dedicated to anchor handling / towing duties and at least
one shall remain with the barge spread at all times. All barges must have a minimum of two
anchor handling / towing vessels in attendance while in QP operating areas. All Survey
Packages (when fitted) shall be accurate, updated and approved.

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10.7 ANCHORING AND MOORING EQUIPMENT


In order to ensure that anchoring and mooring operations are carried out safely and to
protect existing QP assets, it is required that the equipment used meets certain minimum
standards. The inspection standard used by QP Marine Officers is the API (American
Petroleum Institute) Recommended Practice for in-service Inspection of Mooring Hardware.
All wires and anchors will be inspected and certification reviewed to ensure compliance
with the above standard.
The following wires must be fitted with hard eyes/closed sockets at their working ends:

Towing wires
Anchor handling wires
All anchor wires used in mooring systems
Anchor pennant wires. In the case of where suitcase buoys are employed as
pennant buoys, and by their construction and use hard eyes are impractical,
spliced eyes are acceptable.

All vessels using anchors as part of a multiple anchor mooring system will have winches
equipped with:

Dual brake system


Tension meters
Line out meters
Centralised remote control of winches, supplemented by local control of winches.
"Drag" brake or rendering system capable of efficiently paying out anchor wire
under tension.
Remote closed circuit cameras at each winch unit, if the winches are not clearly
visible from the central winch control position.

All vessels engaged in towing operations or handling anchors must have the following
(valid) certificates, issued by a respectable and approved inspection company, onboard the
vessel and available for review.

Towing and Work winch test / inspection certificate (recent, less than 2 years
since last inspection)
Towing and Work wire certificates (either delivery certification or inspection
certificate if the wire is more than 3 years old)
Bollard Pull certificate (less than 5 years old)

All pennant buoys and damage prevention buoys used by vessels or barges should be of a
highly visible colour, be clearly identified by numbering or lettering and be fitted with either
a light or retro-reflective tape.
10.8 GENERAL ANCHORING REQUIREMENTS
In order to ensure that anchoring and mooring operations are carried out safely and to
protect existing QP assets, the following general rules must be adhered to.

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1)

No vessel or barge is allowed to lay any anchors, whether singly or as part of an


anchor pattern, in any of QP's operating areas (including Halul Island, North Field or
QP Oilfields), or near any of QP's facilities and/or flow lines without formal
authorisation and approval from the Marine Department.

2)

Proposals for all anchor drops, whether singly or as part of a complex anchor pattern,
must comply with the detailed provisions as contained in this guide.

3) All floating Pipelay Barges and Construction Barges must be equipped with an eight
point mooring system. Jack-up construction barges and Construction Vessels will be
evaluated on a case by case basis but must, as a minimum have a four point mooring
system.
4) All floating pipelay, construction barges and vessels setting up on multipoint anchor
patterns must allow sufficient time so as to be in a stable position before sunset. If this
is not possible then the barge or vessel must wait outside the field until first light the
following day.
5) All floating Pipe-lay and Construction Barges and Vessels shall be equipped with a
central anchor winch operating position from which to control the anchoring operation.
This shall have:

An all round unobstructed view, as far as possible by superstructure.


Anchor wire tension meters
Anchor wire scope meters
Dog in / dog out control
Clutch in / clutch out control
Friction / drag control
Brake control
Monitors for remote CCTV cameras at each winch in order to monitor winch
operation where these are not clearly visible from the control position.
Real time access to data from the barge management system.

6)

All Pipe-lay and Construction Barges and Vessels must be fitted with a 'Barge
Management System' for accurately positioning anchors and directing the anchoring
operation.

7)

All vessels and barges using anchors in QP fields must use a positioning system that
has the approval of the Engineering Department Hydrographic Surveyor,. This must
have an accuracy of better than +/- 3 meters, typical systems being DGPS, Trisponder,
Syledis or Microfix.
If an anchor is to be positioned by any means other than approved positioning system
(accuracy +/- 3 metres), then all flow lines within 100 metres of the anchor location
must be clearly buoyed by divers.
The minimum distances from flowlines, umbilicals and other subsea structures may be
increased to give added protection to existing assets.

8)

All floating Pipe-lay and Construction Barges and Vessels shall be equipped with
single or double anchor wire winches. These shall have:

Mooring / anchor wires commensurate with the size of the anchors and
displacement of the barge or vessel. Evidence of suitability should be provided.
All mooring / anchor wires in good condition.

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9)

All anchor wires a minimum length of 1500 metres


All mooring / anchor wires suitably marked at the last two drum wraps to indicate
that the end of the wire is being reached.
The capacity to operate all winch drums individually and simultaneously. Systems
that require winch drums to be de-selected from the control panel are not
acceptable to QP Marine Department.
All anchor wires shall terminate in a closed socket, which shall be shackled to the
anchor using suitable shackles, all shackles should be moused or locked.
Adequate material shall be held on the barge to make up new wire
Adequate spares for the anchor winches and associated equipment
One spare, full scope, anchor wire must be carried onboard.
Anchor marker buoys for each anchor. All anchor buoys must be painted in a
highly luminous colour, fitted with retro-reflective tape and marked with the anchor
identification number.
Adequate shackles and rigging equipment available for the operation
Mooring ropes of adequate length and strength (minimum of six)
If pennant buoys are used, then sufficient pennant wires suitable for all location
depths, plus sufficient spare pennant wires, shall be carried.
The length of pennant wire should be at least 1.5 times the maximum water depth.

In the MM field, North Field and most parts of the IS field, the seabed is generally mud
and affords good anchor holding ground. There are a few isolated outcrops of coral,
however normal fluked anchors are generally found to be quite adequate in these
fields. These may be of the "Delta Flipper", "Stevin", or other suitable type.
The seabed in the BH field is hard stone and coral. Gravity anchor blocks fitted with
friction pins or teeth and of suitable weight must be used. These must be fitted with at
least two pad eyes. One of these is to be located on the fore and aft axis of the block
as low as possible, for attachment of the anchor wire or ground wire. The second pad
eye should be so located to allow for attachment of a wire to a "piggy-back" anchor.
It should be noted that although these pad eyes do not form part of the lifting gear,
they and all welded connections, should be subject to adequate inspection and
certification prior to use. The certificates of inspection should be submitted together
with the anchor patterns. Lifting lugs should comply to the Lifting Equipment Regime.
Information on seabed type in QP operating areas and advice on suitable sizes and
design of the gravity anchors for the spread can be obtained from Marine Department.
The construction and effective weight of all anchors to be used should provide
sufficient holding power to prevent anchor drag in the weather and environmental
conditions forecast for the duration of the work scope. Marine Department will accept
the weight and design of anchors provided that these can be shown to be adequate
based on the results of accurate mooring analysis carried out by third parties and
based on industry standard formulae.
Spare anchors of adequate size and type shall be carried and be ready for use. These
may be used in case of loss or as "piggy back" anchors in certain locations where
unexpected dragging has occurred.

10) Fluked anchors shall always be pre-tensioned after laying to ensure that they are
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11) Anchors and wires shall at all times be kept well clear of flow lines, umbilicals, fixed
structures, subsea structures (such as wellheads) and avoid interfering with normal
navigation of other craft in the area (as far as operationally possible).
While it is permitted to lay anchor wires across flow lines, under no circumstances
should these come in contact with the flow lines especially during running and
recovery.
12) All vessels and barges must be able to demonstrate their ability to run and recover
anchor wires under sufficient tension to prevent contact with any flow lines.
13) If a vessel or barge is unable to guarantee to avoid contact with flow lines by
maintaining tension in the wires alone then QP Marine Department will insist on the
use of damage prevention buoys similar to those described in Appendix 10.14 of this
guide.
For guidance, D.P buoys with a 3.0 M.T. buoyancy spaced at between 200 metres and
250 metres is adequate for 2" steel anchor wires, although the precise spacing
depends on water depth and nature of seabed structures in the area.
A minimum vertical clearance of 5.0 metres must be maintained at all times between
pipelines or other seabed obstructions and anchor wires.
Sufficient numbers of damage prevention buoys shall be carried, including adequate
spares to enable the anchor wires to be kept clear of all obstructions.
The precise number will be determined by the location, proximity of pipelines and
subsea obstructions and nature of work.
Damage prevention buoys shall be secured to the anchor wires in a safe and secure
manner. If clamps are used, then adequate tools, including impact wrenches, must be
available at each of the main fairlead locations.
Safe access, or a stable work platform, must be provided for personnel to secure the
damage prevention buoy clamps to the anchor wires outboard of the fairleads.
14) Crude Oil and Gas pipelines are found in all QP offshore operating areas. These are
normally weight coated to prevent undue movement. These pipelines are susceptible
to impact damage from anchors and barge legs and abrasion damage from anchor
wires.
Piggyback lines are located in the MM and BH field areas. These are small diameter
chemical injection lines, which are strapped to gas lines, and are of a particularly
sensitive nature and susceptible to damage. Coflexip and other umbilical lines are laid
in all fields. These are also susceptible to damage from anchors and wires.
The masters of all vessels laying anchors in the vicinity of these lines must bear in
mind the especially sensitive nature of these lines in mind and ensure that contact with
these lines is avoided at all times.
15) In some open locations Marine Department will not request that a location be dive
checked. This does not imply that the area is clear of any subsea debris, and QP will
not be held responsible for any damage or loss should the contractor elect not to check
this for himself.

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16) The minimum distance from any anchor to a flowline in the direction of pull of the cable
shall always be a minimum of 100 metres. This should be considered to be the
absolute minimum and the distance should always be increased whenever possible.
Anchors positioned less than 60 metres from a flowline, umbilical or other subsea
structure, shall only be positioned after the proposed location has been buoyed and
divers have checked that the location is clear within a radius of 30 metres.
Under no circumstances shall anchors be positioned within 30 metres of a flowline,
umbilical or other subsea structure.
17) QP reserve the right to request or to organize a dive check after an anchor has been
positioned in a congested area, and before the anchor wire is tensioned.
18) The positions of all anchors and their pennant buoys on a static construction barge
spread must be checked twice daily, (and at any other time that the QP representative
onboard requests) to determine if any dragging of the anchors has taken place. This
should generally be carried out at first light and prior to sunset.
To assist early detection of recovery or slacking off of the anchor wire, and thus
possible dragging the anchor, the anchor wire should be clearly marked at the fairlead,
this should be done after final tensioning of the wire.
Where a survey party is required onboard the survey party chief will produce a daily
log giving anchor positions, line out, and tensions, and deliver this each day to the QP
Marine Department representative onboard for review.
19) When running anchors across existing flow lines, the anchor shall be fitted with a safety
wire in addition to the pennant wire. This should, preferably be shackled to a suitable
strong point on the vessels deck using a short wire strop. If this system is used,
provision must be made for the strop to be picked up by the AHT during recovery of
the anchors, without the use of divers. Alternatively the anchor pennant wire shall be
securely connected to a second independent drum on the anchor- handling tug.
20) It is expressly forbidden to run anchors "just clear of the seabed".
21) Anchors must be lifted and fully recovered before being re-run to a new location. It is
expressly forbidden to drag an anchor and cable to a new location.
22) Anchors must always be hove tight to the roller on the anchor- handling tug. If due to
the construction of the AHT this is not possible, then the anchor shall be at less than
1/3 of the water depth below the surface and this should be verified by sighting the
anchor.
23) Anchors must always be recovered under tension. To ensure this the anchor handling
vessel should have its engines running in the ahead position when recovering anchors.
24) All anchor handling vessels associated with a Pipe-lay or Construction barge spread
must be capable of carrying out the operation safely. In addition, all vessels must be
constructed so as to enable safety wires to be easily and safely secured to anchors
when crossing flow lines, or subsea structures.
Where it is proposed to "deck" conventional fluked anchors then the anchor handling
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Further information on towing vessels operating with pipe-lay and construction spreads
is contained in QP Specifications for Pipe-lay & Construction Barge.
25) When recovering anchors the master,(or survey party chief if in attendance), must
check the anchor recovery position. This should be done with the anchor pennant wire
hove tight, but before the anchor leaves the seabed.
An immediate check against the drop position should be made and any discrepancy
greater than 10 metres reported immediately to QP Marine Department or its
representative onboard.
A record of all anchor drop and recovery positions should be available at all times, and
hard copies if requested be available for the QP Representative.
26) Vessels connecting and disconnecting anchor wires to pre-set anchors must make
provision to ensure that there is no contact between any of the wires and flow lines,
umbilicals and structures.
27) All vessels required by contract to be equipped with winch tension meters must utilize
these when securing to a multiple point anchor system in order to pre-tension the
anchors. This is to ensure that the anchors are fully bedded in and will hold the vessel
securely.
The tension meters must remain fully operational and constantly monitored whilst the
vessel is moored in order to assist early detection of anchor slippage or breakout.
28) All vessels shall be capable of running anchors a distance of at least 10 times the depth
of water in which they are operating. If laying an anchor pattern with more than two
anchors, and operating without the assistance of an anchor handling tug, the anchor
wires shall be such length as to extend from one end of the anchor pattern to the other.
29) In the interests of safety laying or dropping of any anchors will not take place during the
hours of darkness except in the following special circumstances,

Supply vessels anchoring in open water locations adjacent to drilling rigs and
only when essential for the urgent re-supply of the rig to prevent it shutting down.

Pipe-lay barges, where by the nature of the operation they have to continuously
move through the field area and where interruption to this movement would
cause damage to or buckling of the pipe being laid.

Emergency or extenuating circumstances where, in the opinion of the Manager


Marine, the risk of damage to existing structures, or injury to personnel outweighs
the possible risk of damage to pipelines or other subsea structures.

30) All vessels and barges secured to a multiple anchor mooring pattern must take
adequate action prior to the onset of bad weather to adequately prepare the vessel or
barge.
The actions may include:

Re-aligning the barge or vessel onto a more favourable heading to best ride out
the storm

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Re-locating the barge or vessel within the anchor pattern to increase the distance
from any fixed structure (storm stand-by location).
Re-locating the anchors.
Abandon the location, either leaving or lifting the anchors, and leaving the field
area for a safer location.

When deciding on the best course of action to take the responsible person onboard the
barge or vessel must, at the very least, take into account the following:

The time taken to complete the necessary preparatory work in good time prior to
the onset of bad weather
The additional assets (such as towing vessels and anchor handling vessels) that
may be needed.
The nature of the work engaged upon, which may require setting down of heavy
lifts, disconnecting of stingers or laying down of pipe, divers' recovery.
The reliability of the available weather forecasts
The requirement of at least one towing vessel to be attached to the towing bridle
before the forecast time of deterioration of weather conditions.

31) Buoys placed in the field shall only be used for their intended purpose. At no time shall
the direction of pull be towards a subsea pipeline unless specifically approved.
The above lists are not meant to be exhaustive and it is expected that the responsible
person onboard the vessel or barge will have sufficient experience and knowledge to best
prepare the barge or vessel for storm conditions.
Should it be considered that the action taken by the vessel or barge be inadequate and
pose an increased risk to QP assets or personnel, QP reserve the right to instruct the barge
or vessel operators as appropriate, to reduce such risk. This may mean, in extreme
circumstances, ordering the cessation of operations, the removal of the barge or vessel
from close proximity to fixed structures, or removal of the barge or vessel from the field
area.
10.8.1 Wires in Close Proximity to Fixed Structures
Anchor wires shall pass clear of fixed structures by a minimum of 10 metres at all times.
Wires shall not be run through fixed structures such as platforms or Wellhead jackets.
In certain extreme circumstances it may be necessary to run a mooring wire under a flare
bridge. A full and complete procedure for this should be submitted.
During pipe laying, the start-up head of the pipeline may be secured to a fixed structure
when it is impossible to use a gravity block or a holdback anchor. Permission must be
obtained from the asset holding Department Manager when securing the pipe head to a
fixed structure. In these circumstances it is recommended that the load is shared between
two or more attachment points.

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11.0 OTHER REFERENCES


QP Specifications for Pipe-lay & Construction Barges
QP Procedures for Dynamically Positioned Vessel Operations
QP Rig Move Manual
QP Rig Move Procedure
QP Lifting Equipment Regulations
QP Safety Regulations for Contractors
11.1 REVISIONS
This manual may be revised periodically. Proposals for change to this manual should be
forwarded in writing to the Manager, QP Marine Department.
12.0 APPENDICES
The following are not intended to supersede or replace statutory requirements, e.g.
SOLAS, ISM, or Class requirements. Where there is a specific QP requirement for a
particular operation, this will be addressed by contract.
12.1 LIST OF CERTIFICATES
Valid original certificates required to be carried onboard all vessels

Certificate of Registry (Flag State) (valid indefinitely)


Load Line Certificate
Latest Hull and Machinery survey reports issued by the Classification Society.
Cargo Ship Safety Construction Certificate
Cargo Ship Safety Equipment Certificate. or a 'Statement of Fact' from the
Classification Society to state the equipment levels onboard, and the maximum
number of persons to be carried, will be acceptable where a 'Cargo Ship Safety
Equipment Certificate' is not required by Statute
De-rat / De-rat Exemption Certificate
ISPS Certificate (where applicable)
Safe Manning Certificate
Ships Radio License
Cargo Ship Radio Telephony Certificate
Classification Society Certificate indicating Special Notations.
Certificate of Inspection of Fire Fighting Equipment (Annual)
Crane and Lifting Gear test and inspection Certificates issued by a QP approved
Classification Society (inspection not more than 6 months old, tests to be annual)
Manufacturer's Crane Certificates, Load Charts and Classification Society
Installation approval. To be checked and certified by QP Corporate HSE Dept.
Certificates of Competency of Master and Officers
Catering Staff Health Certificates
H2S Certificates for all crew
Valid Certificates of Inspection for Life Rafts and Hydro-static Releases and other
lifesaving appliances.

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Helideck certification (if applicable)


Other certificates relevant to vessel type and duty (such as Bollard Pull, Towing wire
and winch certificates for towing vessel's, and D.P. certification).
Fire Fighting equipment Certificate of Inspection (valid 1 year).
Certificate of Inspection of Fixed Fire Fighting Equipment (valid 2 years).
International Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate
Oil Record Book in accordance with MARPOL 73/78 Annex 1, Regulation 20.
Stability Information including any limitations and crane operations. This to be
endorsed by the Classification Society.
Fumigation Certificate (not more than 6 months old, with the vessel fumigated prior
to its arrival in Qatari waters).
Diving Spread Certification - checked by QP Marine Department MRO(O)
Gulf Helicopters will inspect the helideck and give approval for use.
12.2 LIST OF MANUALS, PUBLICATIONS AND DRAWINGS
All vessels entering QP operating areas will have onboard the Manuals, publications and
drawings listed below. These should be maintained and kept up to date as required.

QP Marine Offshore Operations Manual


QP Contractor Safety Rules
Individual Company Safety Regulations (Vessel Owner/Operator)
Charts as required (latest edition and corrected)
Pilot Books/Sailing Directions as required (latest edition)
Chart & Publication Correction Log
Notices to Mariners
Deck, Engine Room & Radio Logbooks
QP Field Charts covering the vessel's operating area (latest edition)
Tide Tables (QP and Outside Agency)
Nautical Almanac and Navigation Tables
Compass Error Book and Deviation Table
Sufficient Equipment Operation and Maintenance Manuals for the equipment
onboard
Stability Information (as approved by Classification Society) and applicable to vessel
type and size.
Ship Security Plan in accordance with ISPS (where applicable)
Planned Maintenance Programme
Vessels Operations Guide
SOLAS (1974 plus latest amendments)
MARPOL (1973 and 1978 plus latest amendments)
ROPME (latest edition)
State of Qatar Government Maritime Rules and Regulations
GCC Maritime Rules and Regulations
Merchant Shipping Notices as applicable
International Code Of Signals

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Record of Anchor Patterns approved for use by vessel


General arrangement plan of vessel, including deck and tank plan,
General arrangement plan of the engine room (s) showing all major equipment.
General arrangement plan of the propulsion equipment, including thrusters.
Schematic diagrams of Bulk and Liquid pumping systems
Schematic diagrams of Power generation and distribution showing switchboards,
transformers, UPS, back-up battery systems and equipment.
General arrangement of Helideck (if applicable).
General arrangement of Diving System (if applicable),
General arrangement of Cranes and outreach (if applicable),
General arrangement of all safety, lifesaving and fire fighting equipment
Crane SWL diagrams

12.3 NAVIGATIONAL EQUIPMENT


The minimum amount of Navigation Equipment onboard any vessel entering QP operating
areas will consist of the following:
One Gyro Compass with repeater aft (for AHTS).
Two Radars, at least one of which is Gyro Stabilised Daylight Viewing Radar.
One Magnetic Compass, properly adjusted with recent Deviation Card and record of
error observations.
One Automatic Pilot
Automatic Identification System (AIS)
Speed/distance log
Two V.H.F. Radios on the bridge. Programmed to QP frequencies.
One GPS Receiver
One SSB Radio
One Daylight Signalling Lamp (with both battery and mains supply)
One Ships Whistle, Bell and Gong for use in Fog
International Code Flags
Binoculars.
One Echo Sounder
Signalling whistle
Internal telephone system.
Navigational lights and shapes as required by International Regulations.
Anemometers giving wind speed and direction. These to be installed at an elevated
and open position clear of obstruction in order to give accurate measurements.
Thermometers.
Barometer
At least two searchlights.
Qatar National, Flag State and signalling Flags.
Watch keeping Standing Instructions and Night Order Book
Deck, Engine, Cargo and Radio watch logbook.

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12.4 MACHINERY SPACES REQUIREMENTS


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Engine room spaces must be clean and all equipment in good working order.
Bilges must be kept dry and clean.
Engine room log books shall show all activities over a 24 hour period and include
running hours, maintenance, any repair works and bilge water disposal.
All machinery gauges, instrumentation monitoring equipment and alarm systems shall
be in good working order.
Vessels shall have a minimum of two generators and each generator shall be capable
of supplying the full load under operating loading conditions under peak ambient
conditions of 45C (113F) air temperature, 95% relative humidity and 35C (93F)
sea temperature. There should be effective black start arrangements on board.
Where more than two generators are fitted then the load shall be distributed such that
a stand-by generator will always be available to ensure 100% load in the event of one
generator failing. Generators shall be able to parallel on the switchboard.
The Emergency Generator, if fitted, will be capable of supplying power for up to 18
hours to run the following: Emergency lighting, communication equipment, fire/gas
alarms and detection equipment, one fire pump and the permanently installed diving
equipment. An automatic start facility shall be fitted such that this generator takes no
more than 45 seconds to come on line. Weekly functional tests are to be logged.
An alternate or emergency steering system is to be available at all times.
A self-contained sewage treatment system that meets both MARPOL and ROPME
protocols shall be fitted, and operated at all times, this is required under State of
Qatar legislation.
An oily water separator shall be fitted with an alarm for bilge overboard discharge.
The alarm shall activate whenever the oil content of overboard discharge exceeds 15
ppm (parts per million).
All piping in the engine room and on deck shall be colour coded and marked to an
approved International Standard.
For vessels equipped with a crane, there shall be two general service pumps that can
be used either as Fire or Ballast pumps and shall be provided with sufficient ballasting
capacity to trim the vessel for heavy lifts.
Main and emergency bilge pumps shall be provided.
An emergency fire pump shall be provided.
A portable salvage pump shall be provided, with sufficient hoses for expected use.
Fuel and fresh water capacity shall be sufficient for 21 days continuous operation.
Emergency fuel shut offs for all diesel engines shall be located outside the engine
room and centralized where physically possible. All shall be clearly marked.
Bilge alarms shall be fitted in all engine spaces, periodically unattended machinery
spaces and remote spaces. These alarms shall be tested weekly.
The bilge alarm will sound audibly in the control room or externally as required.
Switchboard areas shall have rubber matting for safety.
Clear access to well marked emergency exits.
Air receivers to be marked with safe working pressure and have valid hydro test
certificates.

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12.5 STCW CERTIFICATION FOR CONTRACT VESSELS


Stand-By Vessels
Master
Mate

Minimum Qualification
Required

Seamen
Mechanics/Oilers

Master <500grt
Officer I/C Navigational
Watch
Chief Engineer
750-3000kw
Ratings Certificate
Ratings Certificate

Supply/Anchor
Handling Vessels

Minimum Qualification
Required

Master
Mate

Master <3000grt
Officer I/C Navigational
Watch
Chief Engineer 3000kw
and above
2nd Engineer 3000kw
and above
Ratings Certificate
Ratings Certificate

Ch. Engineer

Ch. Engineer
2nd Engineer
Seamen
Mechanics/Oilers
Construction
Work Boats, SBM
Maintenance
Vessels. Wire Line
Vessels etc.
Master
Mate
Ch. Engineer
Seamen
Mechanics/Oilers

General Positions
Crane Operator
Catering Staff

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Minimum Qualification
Required

STCW Reference

Experience
Required

A-II/3
A-II/3

One Year
6 months

A-III/3

One year

A-II/4
A-III/4

6 months
6 months

STCW Reference

Experience
Required

A-II/2
A-II/1

Five Years
Three Years

A-III/2

Three Years

A-III/2

Six months

A-II/4
A-III/4

6 months
6 months

STCW Reference

Experience
Required

A-II/2
A-II/1

Three Years
One Year

A-III/2

One Year

A-II/4
A-III/4

6 months
6 months

Master <3000grt
Officer I/C Navigational
Watch
Chief Engineer 7503000kw
Ratings Certificate
Ratings Certificate

Minimum Qualification
Required

STCW Reference

Experience
Required

A-II/4/A-VII

One year Offshore

A-VII

Six months Sea Service

Rating Certificate
Crane Operators Certificate
Cook/Steward
Health Certificate
Food Handling Certificate

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Diving Vessels
Master
Mate
Snr DPO
Jnr DPO
Ch. Engineer
2nd Engineer
SDPO
JDPO
ETO/DP Tech
Bosun
Seamen
Mechanics/Oilers

Minimum Qualification
Required

Experience
Required

STCW Reference

Master <3000grt or
greater if required
Chief Mate/Officer I/C
Navigational Watch
Chief Mate/Officer I/C
Navigational Watch
Office I/C navigational
Watch
Chief Engineer 7503000kw
2nd Engineer
Officer I/C Engineering
Watch
Officer I/C Engineering
Watch
As Appropriate
Ratings Certificate
Ratings Certificate
Ratings Certificate

A-II/2
A-II/2

One Year in rank on Diving


Vessels
One Year holding Certificate

A-II/2

One Year holding Certificate

A-II/2

One Year holding Certificate

A-III/3

One year in rank

A-III/3
A-III/3

One Year holding Certificate


6 months

A-III/1

6 months holding certificate

A-VII
A-II/4
A-II/4
A-III/4

One Year
Three years
6 months
6 months

On 24 hour Dive Boats the numbers of DPOs & DPEs are doubled

DP Certification
and experience
requirements for
DP vessels
Master
Snr DPO
Jnr DPO
Ch. Engineer
2nd Engineer
SDPE
JDPE
ETO/DP Tech
Bosun

DP Certification

General DP
Experience

Time on
System

DP Operators Cert.
5 Years
250 hrs
DP Operators Cert.
1 year
250 hrs
DP Operators Cert.
6 months
50 hrs
DP Log Book
3 yrs
DP Log Book
1 yr
DP Log Book
6 months
DP Log Book
Nil
DP Log Book
1 yr
One Years Previous service on board Diving Vessels

Hand over period for


initial approval
5 days
5 days
5 days
7 days
5 days
5 days
5 days
7 days

In addition to the above, ALL personnel shall have received emergency, occupational
safety, medical care and survival function training in compliance with Regulations VI of
STCW 95 as per their base country certification and flag state authorities.
Radio Qualifications: The requirements for each individual ships radio station, with
regard to certificated Radio Operators under Section IV of STCW and the Radio
Regulations must be strictly adhered to at all times.
Fast Rescue craft: If these craft are available, qualified crews are to be trained and
qualified as per STCW 95.
It is the Masters responsibility to ensure that all the vessels crew are familiar with the
onboard safety procedures and emergency drills. All Safety Equipment must be tested
regularly and any deficiencies reported immediately.

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Heat stress (A silent workplace hazard)


Heat stress
When the human body is unable to maintain its normal core temperature of 38-39 0C (99-100 0F),
and overheats due to external heat sources, heat induced illnesses or disorders will occur.

Heat induced disorders


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Lower physical performance and lower mental alertness
Skin rash, heat cramps
Irritability, anger, fatigue, dehydration, fainting and sometimes heat stroke
Heat stress affecting factors
Air temperature
Humidity in the air
Radiant heat
Wind velocity
Condition of the employee such as: age, gender, life style, alcohol intake, heart disease, diabetes or
heat tolerance level)
Type or amount of clothing
Level of work activity (Light, Medium and Heavy)
Management of Heat Stress
Limit the workers exposure to prolonged periods in high temperatures. (Regular breaks to lower the
body temperature)
Wear appropriate clothing.
Plan the daily activities to perform heavy and medium type of work activity in cooler times of a day.
Provide adequate cool drinking water supplies and necessary electrolytes replacement drinks.
Awareness on heat stress management and signs and symptoms of heat stress.
Provide acclimatization of the workers to the outside heat. Provision of cool rest areas.
Biological monitoring of workers such as oral temperature, heart beat are to be recorded if heat
stroke or if dehydration is suspected. Seek medical assistance.

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