Dynamic Positioning Operator

Job Responsibilities

Your Role

Responsible Navigator as per international maritime regulations and responsible for the safe positioning of the unit.

Responsible For /ensure

  • The uninterrupted manning of the dynamic positioning console.
  • That neither dynamic position console nor bridge is left unattended at any time.
  • All relevant governing documents are adhered to by direct reports.
  • That clear daily operational guidelines are provided to all direct reports.
  • Visible leadership by monitoring daily operations.
  • Required logbooks are maintained and updated as per requirements.
  • Thorough handovers are provided at each daily change of shift.
  • Active participation in meeting activities.
  • Subordinates are trained to fill higher positions .
  • Other duties are performed as required and/or directed by his/her direct supervisor.


Responsible For /ensure

  • Compliance with the Seadrill Code of Conduct.
  • Compliance with applicable internal and external governing requirements.
  • That any operations do not exceed the limitations of the unit or its equipment
  • Daily detailed planning is conducted for all upcoming operations
  • That marine certification at all times is valid and available onboard.
  • Safe and efficient execution of marine operations as per procedures.
  • That all relevant personnel are adequately trained in handling emergencies.
  • That all emergency equipment is in good condition and configured as required.
  • Stability and ballast operations are conducted according to requirements.
  • Non-compliances are promptly acted on and reported to the direct supervisor.
  • All relevant governing documents are revised as and when required.
  • Training and competence assessments as assigned and/or required are performed.
  • Compliance with the standard for tidiness and cleanness.
  • Assume the safety role as per station bill and emergency preparedness plan.


Responsible For /ensure

  • That the bridge equipment is maintained and maintenance is recorded.
  • Equipment is prepared for future marine operations.

Other Responsibilities

  • Operate dynamic positioning (DP) equipment as per Company and vessel operating procedures
  • Operate the ballast control system to maintain the rig in a stable condition at the correct draft and trim as directed by the MSL
  • Set up operational parameters for the DP system and ensure system data is correct
  • Advise relevant personnel as per Well Specific Operating Guidelines (WSOG) of potential position loss
  • Referencing riser analysis create WSOG document for well planning. Ensure WSOG are followed while on location
  • Ensure that all defects and anomalies on any bridge equipment are reported to the OIM and relevant department heads. Maintain records of these and ensure that they are corrected
  • Monitor Vessel Management System (VMS) and fire / gas alarms. Take appropriate action
  • Ensure marine publications and navigational charts are up to date and maintained
  • Ensure GMDSS systems are functioning, routinely tested and log maintained
  • Ensure watch checklist, procedure checklist and bridge equipment checks are completed. Liaise with other departments, client, supply boats etc.
  • Responsible for monitoring and ensuring the safe transfer of fluids internally and between the rig and supply vessels
  • Ensure that approved rig operating procedures are adhered to at all times.Report all unsafe activities, situations, and potential hazards to supervisor
  • Monitor and control supply boat operations and any other operations within the vessel five hundred metre zone including ROV operations
  • Ensure there is adequate rig power and reserves for maintenance, current and forthcoming operations
  • Competent in the use of data logger and extracting information from it
  • Assist technical department in performing preventive maintenance on DP equipment as per company procedures. Ensure the system’s performance is not degraded by this maintenance
  • Competent in all DP and VMS user settings and their affect on operations. Able to adjust user settings for changing conditions or operations
  • Actively participate in safety, departmental, pre-tour, client meetings, etc.
  • Assist technical department in performing preventative maintenance of fire and gas detection equipment / systems in accordance with Company procedures
  • Responsible for coordinating the permit to work system
  • Conduct performance appraisals for subordinates. Recommend promotion, development or disciplinary action
  • Effectively use all safety and environmental tools employed by Seadrill (4-point check, OBS cards, PTW etc.)

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • Three years as Dynamic Positioning Operator on any DP2/3 vessel with preferred experience on a drilling vessel
  • STWC ll/1
  • DPO certificate
  • Valid Well Control Certificate (IWCF Level 2 – Introductory)

Mandatory Training/Certifications For Personnel Working In Canada Only

  • Basic Survival Training (BST)
  • Hydrogen Sulphide (H2S)
  • Regulatory Awareness
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  • Stability and Ballast Control
  • Ballast Control Operator Certificate (Transport Canada)

Other Requirements

Must pass Physical, Drug Screen and Background Check


Seadrill is an equal opportunity employer

Job location

America, Gulf of Mexico, Offshore