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Vessel Manager

Posted 70 days ago
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United Kingdom, Contract
Sectors:Offshore WindJob Reference: BH-6530
Andy Mcloughlin
Our client’s project has chartered a Service Operations Vessel (SOV) which will support the main offshore construction phase and into the commissioning phase, which is a period programmed to be over 2 years. Therefore, our client is looking for an Offshore Vessel Manager who will be based on the SOV and have primary responsibility for reporting on service delivery and overall management of the key functions of the vessel.
The OVM functionally reports to the General Site Manager (GSM) who retains overall responsibility for the management of the offshore site. The role includes management of project resources resident on the SOV supported also by the respective leads in each of the operational disciplines (e.g. Commissioning Lead, Principal Contractor Deputy Offshore Site Manager (DOSM), OSM Works Manager etc.). The OVM will work closely with the DOSM, who will also reside onboard the SOV, to ensure that the project priorities are identified and implemented in accordance with requirements.

The role requires extensive experience of the management of offshore wind farm construction, including a thorough understanding and appreciation of CDM Regulations and the applicable duties of Client, Principal Contractor, Contractors etc.
  • Vessel readiness and operational planning – working with the SOV Package team to monitor progress of vessel readiness for charter and operations, ensuring timely delivery of SOV Contractor processes and procedures.
  • Responsible for outlining their own working patterns and maximising effective use of SOV assets, setting timings for vessel meetings, transfer times, manifesting.
  • Initial establishment of operational facilities on board the SOV including office set-ups, IT systems, space allocations, signage and notices etc (this is a smaller part of the role at the very early stages during SOV mobilisation and start of offshore works).
  • Primary interface and offshore single point of contact with the SOV on behalf of the Project. The OVM will be responsible implementing vessel priorities based on the agreed or instructed requirements from the offshore site management team, and communicating these in a timely manner to the MCC and SOV bridge team. This will also include allocation of teams to SOV daughter craft, CTVs and helicopters to ensure the most effective use of resource. This is a key part of the role, hence demonstration of effective communication skills is essential. As this requirement is dynamic, demonstration of how to effectively manage and coordinate change also a key requirement.
  • Management of project resources resident on board the SOV – setting and chairing daily meeting structure, managing offshore personnel issues, managing office/stores/workshop allocations, monitoring vessel performance standards. This is another key part of the role, therefore the OVM needs not only the competence to manage and influence a diverse group of people, but also the awareness of how issues onboard may affect the wider Project.
  • Liaising with teams to identify and manage competing priorities in consideration of SIMOPS. This will include managing an escalation process where priorities cannot be agreed or met.
  • Supporting the DOSM with offshore Tactical Emergency Response in the event of an offshore incident.
  • Reporting on SOV Key Performance Indicator (KPI) metrics – monitoring of vessel performance against KPI’s and reporting accordingly. Working with SOV team to identify and implement improvements in vessel operational procedures. This is an area that needs significant focus in the early stages of the Project to ensure the SOV is performing as contracted.
  • Daily reporting of vessel operations – preparation and issue of a DPR to the shore-based team outlining operations on a daily basis.
  • Safety reporting of vessel operations/near misses/observations – implementation of safety improvements, safety briefings on project wide issues to vessel teams, feedback of actions to vessel teams.
  • Planning and management of actions for planned port calls – agreeing port call times and durations with SOV, communicating same to all stakeholders, ensuring that port call activities are planned and implemented to mitigate risk of vessel delay.
  • Incident management support – supporting the OSMT in incident response and management including directing necessary vessel/medic movements and liaison with marine coordination team. Ensuring the SOV contractor complies with the CPP for any direct involvement in incidents.
  • Reporting to the GSM on a routine basis and by exception all incidents, organisational, risk and programme status and issues.
  • Regular appraisal of all relevant, SOV related, offshore site management safety and operational documentation and processes to ensure coherence and relevance.
  • All GWO offshore modules including Enhanced First Aid
  • HUET with CA-EBS (Note A valid and in-date Fit To Train certificate is required)
  • Hold an OGUK Medical including Chester Step Test (or equivalent fitness test)
  • Safety qualifications such as NEBOSH or IOSH Managing Safety
  • CDM related qualifications an advantage
Other Requirements
  • Strong coordination and leadership skills, highly motivated, confident and resourceful.
  • Excellent communication skills, able to communicate effectively within a diverse team.
  • The capability to work within a team, to lead a local team of resources, and to manage competing demands from the project.
  • High level of confidence working independently and autonomously.
  • Knowledge, experience or formal training in emergency response management
  • A degree or further education in Engineering or equivalent would be an advantage.
  • Requires an excellent understanding of marine management and construction practices, including offshore lifting operations.
  • Proven track record managing construction and/or vessel operations on Offshore Wind Farms.
  • Fluent spoken and written English
  • Willingness to work offshore (transfer by ship and helicopter, working at sea)
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