[QUOTE=c.captain;95409]You find out through the class society that the vessel is under. For ABS classed vessels which comprise the vast majority of US Flag GoM OSVs you would look up your vessel in the ABS Record at:
the page you get looks like this
once you find the vessel and then look up it’s class notations I believe for ABS vessels the notation to look for is DPS1, DPS2 or DPS3
the other class societies also have similar lists of their vessels available[/QUOTE]
REPLY: Thanks. Yes, the ABS eagle.org website certainly does allow one to check the class notations for a particular named vessel, if you have the name. However, it will not allow searches by class notation. For example, it is not possible to search for a list of DPS-2 classed vessels.
If one searches for a specific named vessel — for example AIVIQ, the ABS record lists that vessel’s class notations including its DP class notation which is: XDPS-2. As another example, OCEAN WAVE is XDPS-1.
The very well known Scripps Oceanographic and WHOI research vessels have DP, and are classed by ABS, but according to the ABS website they do NOT have DP class notations, so the NI would not allow any DP seatime credit for service on them.
Its no secret who the big offshore companies are, and that they have many of DP classed vessels. However, they cannot hire everyone. In fact, it sounds like they are badly overstaffed already, and there will be seven more graduating classes of newly minted 3rd mates in the late spring headed for those big companies.
There are many small, lower paying, companies with a few DP classed vessels that most of us non-DP mariners have never heard of. That is the DP classed vessel list that I am looking for.