Tomorrow marks the fifth month they have had my book without me being able to get any real answers. I have been told that i may not have completed Section C within my allotted time (30 days, hard to set up on DP etc. when you are drilling a well), but they need to check it again. This is the what one of the supervisors told me a month ago, and that it would be sorted out in a week or two. I called Tuesday, all of the DP department was in training. Go figure. Today, my contact was unavailable and they put me on with another supervisor who had the worst stammer I have ever heard. It took approximately half an hour for her to tell me that it would be another week or two (read never) for it to be checked out.
I sent the book off in August, and the oil field has since fallen on its face and I have been furloughed. Now I dont mind picking up and jumping on a ship, and i have already began exploring that option, but that certificate will certainly assist me in getting back to work in the gulf, with my company or another. I have already been passed over by one driller due to the lack of a DP certificate.
We pay the NI ~$150 to verify our books and issue our certificate, yet they do not seem to hold up their end of the bargain. I know this is a preaching to the choir situation, and others may be, or have been, in this situation, but I am at a loss for what to do now. I would pick up and fly over there to get i issued right now but that wont cut it.
If anyone has had to deal with these people in a situation like this, what did you do? Was there someone that you spoke with that could give you any actual answers or get anything done? If they would have told me what I needed to do to fix whatever discrepancy there was in this book, maybe I could have fixed it before half the boats in Fourchon were laid up. I cant believe I am saying this, but I can not wait for the USCG to be involved in the issuance of DP credentials. Is there anything that Mariners can do to bring action against the NI for practically holding our certficates hostage? Screw this organization.
Posted here because no one reads the Dynamic Positioning board.