[QUOTE=Jemplayer;51764]I forsee the NI certificate being not worth the paper it’s written on in the US with the news that nobody under 200 tons can get one because of all the 100 ton boats in the oil field that have it. Hell you don’t build one today with out it. In reality in the US you do not have to have anything saying your qualified by any regulatory body to operate in DP. The only ones that care about any thing like that are the oil companies and then it’s only the majors.
Maybe we will see the CG do something but I doubt it. We would first have to see the IMO pass something and then it would be years before the CG got around to doing anything about it.[/QUOTE]
You won’t see anything from the USCG until an accident occurs that involves loss of life or a major spill and DP is a significant contributor to the cause. The USCG knows next to nothing about DP and do not want to regulate something new, trust me on that one. That being said, I think you will see some type of domestic certificate in the US for companies to fall back on for insurance purposes.
When the USCG originally got DP vessels they were sending people to a DP school in Vancouver. Now of course they have their own DP school in Virginia. I went through it in 2003 or 2004 and it is a good basic school but that is pretty much where it ends for them. There is no advanced requirement, the rest is OJT which is why they had a few incidents (not publicized) with some of their DP vessels. The most significant I can remember was the new MACKINAW running into a jetty in Duluth I believe.
Additionally, the people that will do the inspections of DP systems when the Coast Guard starts that will be taking the word (pretty much) of the companies when doing their inspections because who do you think is going to write the requirements for them???