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Competence Assurance Guidelines For F(P)SOs

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This book is a guide to the basic skills and knowledge requirements for safe operation of F(P)SO installations and the training and assessment of F(P)SO personnel to meet them.

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This book provides guidelines to assist F(P)SO Managers in achieving and maintaining the highest practical standards of competence for F(P)SO operations personnel. The guidelines are installation specific, not company generic. This means that if a company has multiple F(P)SOs then the whole range of activities will need to be carried out for each unit.

The purpose of this guide is to enable F(P)SO Managers to:

  • Develop an effective Competency Assurance Program
  • Develop a concept for competency assessment that meets each company's needs based upon their own site organisation structure.
  • Determine the competencies required for each Level of F(P)SO personnel.
  • Assess the competence of each member of the F(P)SO operations personnel.
  • Assist establish the training needs for each member of the F(P)SO personnel.
  • Establish the required experience and knowledge for safe operations, based upon the Competency Assessment Tables.

These FPSO Competence Assessment Guidelines have been produced by OCIMF in cooperation with the Marine Safety Sub-Committee of The International Association of Oil and Gas Procedures (OGP) and is endorsed by them.

Section 1 Implementation Guidelines                                  

1.1 General                                                                       

1.2 Getting Started              

1.3 F[P]SO Personnel and Competency levels

1.4 Customizing and the Guidelines                                     

1.5 Responsibilities Ownership and Stewardship               


Section 2 Functional Analysis

2.1 Index of Functions, Units and Elements                           

2.2 Analysis Tree                                                               


Section 3 Assessors and Verifiers

3.1 Appointment and Training of Assessors                          

3.2 Appointment and Training of Verifiers                            


Section 4 Criticality Assessment

4.1 General                                                                       

4.2 Performing a Criticality Assessment                                

4.3 Criticality Assessment                                                   


Section 5 Competence Assessment Tables

5.1 General Principle                                                          

5.2 Developing Competency Assessment Tables                    

5.3 Verification and Approval                                              

5.4 Revalidation Process                                                     

5.5 Overview                                                                     


Section 6 Assessment Guidance

6.1 General                                                                       

6.2 Observation                                                                 

6.3 Questioning                                                                 

6.4 Written Test                                                                 

6.5 Oral Test                                                                     

6.6 Assessment Expertise                                                    

6.7 Records                                            

6.8 Overview


Section 7 Competence Record Book

7.1 Overview Model Competence Record Book                                 

7.2 Record Sheets                                                              


Section 8 Training Guidance                                                                                 

8.1 General                                                                       

8.2 Determining Individuals Training Needs                          

8.3 Training Strategy                                                          

8.4 Overview                                                                              

Appendix 1   Model Competence Record Book

Appendix 2 Worked example of Criticality Assessment

Appendix 3 CATs (Competency Assessment Tables)

System 1 Produced Fluid Inlet

System 2 Fluid Separation

System 3 Gas Handling

System 4 Produced Water Injection

System 5 Well Test-Measurement

System 6 Auxiliary Systems

System 7 Emergency Situations/Personnel Safety

System 8 Ballast System

System 9 Navigation Systems

System 10 Corrosion Systems

System 11 Hydrocarbon Systems

System 12 Export Systems

The Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) is a voluntary association of oil companies (the ‘members’) who have an interest in the shipment and terminalling of crude oil, oil products, petrochemicals and gas. OCIMF’s mission is to be the foremost authority on the safe and environmentally responsible operation of oil tankers, terminals and offshore support vessels, promoting continuous improvement in standards of design and operation. Learn more at


Title: Competence Assurance Guidelines For F(P)SOs
Number of Volumes: 1
Edition: First
Number of Pages: 88
Product Code: 4381
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-905331-34-5 (9781905331345), ISBN 10: 1-905331-34-7 (1905331347)
Published Date: January 2009
Binding Format: Hardback Spiro
Book Height: 300 mm
Book Width: 210 mm
Book Spine: 10 mm
Weight: 0.60 kg

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