My rig is in the process of switching over to having DPO’s run not just the DP system but the entire VMS which includes all power management and standing the engineering watch. I know this is done on many drillships that have k-chief. The only caveat is the on most drillships i have worked on there is a separate console down in the ECR where the engineers can take control should the situation warrant it. Well my rig does not have k-chief and consequently the ECR is located on the bridge. There is a small repeater/slave panel down in the mechanical spaces that can be used to view but not edit the VMS. My question is whether or not there are any regulations that state that DPO’s are qualified to do this or if we still need an engineer. I have looked through the CFR’s as well as MODU code and have not found anything concrete. Any help on shedding light on this situation would be much appreciated.