Topic: Renewable Offshore Client Representative - RECOA Fundamental Education
Estimated study time: 30 hours of self-paced studies
Price: € 1,100 single payment
Instructor: Chris Weaver
IN 01 - Introduction to Offshore Renewable Energy Part 1(1) 5.0 average rating43 Lessons
IN 02 - Introduction to Offshore Renewable Energy Part 232 Lessons
IN 03 - Offshore Roles in Renewables35 Lessons
IN 04 - Offshore Renewable Energy Zones13 Lessons
OCR 01 - Roles & Responsibilities of the Offshore Client Representative26 Lessons
OCR 02 - Communication28 Lessons
I have a desire to work offshore
I have been in similar roles in the oil and gas industry
I am an experienced offshore or maritime professional
I am a technical graduate who wants to start an offshore career
I am a professional with several years of practical experience in the industry, who wants to refresh my technical and theoretical knowledge.
Works directly for the Client’s team during offshore construction.
Monitors and report the progress of offshore activities to onshore management team.
Alerts the Client of any situations that could endanger workers or damage assets.
Is the primary point of communication between the construction vessel and the Client’s onshore team.
You must be both physically and mentally fit, the ability to multitask is appreciated.
You must be prepared to listen, read, and understand how the work will be undertaken.
You must be a good observer and have an eye for detail.
You must be a good communicator, providing unambiguous verbal and written information.
You must be concise, able to describe your observations in a succinct report.
You must be confident, prepared to halt the operation if it becomes dangerous or could harm Client’s assets.
You must absorb the actions going on around you, but if necessary be assertive to ensure the contract is being complied with.
You will have to undertake a medical examination, possibly each year.
You will have to undertake physically demanding offshore safety courses every 2 or 3 years.
You may be the only member of the Client’s team aboard the vessel, but usually you will be in a 12-hour shift pattern with one or more other Client Representatives.
During some operations you may have to work more than 12 hours in one shift, but there will be other periods where work is less intense.
Your rotation aboard the vessel could be planned for just 2 weeks or it could last more than 6, which is a long time away from friends and family.
Sometimes the work will extend beyond your scheduled crew change, so you have to remain flexible.
You may have your own cabin, or you may have to share your sleeping space with other personnel.
You will usually be well fed whether you are working during the day or the night.
On the best vessels your living conditions will be similar to a high-quality hotel but on smaller vessels it may feel like camping, but without the joy of an open fire and toasted marshmallows.
It can be a lonely job… you work for the Client but everyone else onboard is working for the Contractor, so there may be barriers which others don’t want you to pass.
If you are used to constant social media and internet access, you may be surprised that this can be very limited on some vessels, and mobile phones are often banned in some areas of the vessel.
You could earn a substantial salary from working just 180 days offshore each year.
The Offshore Client Representative (OCR) is a key role in the Client’s Organization. OCRs monitor, assess, and communicate their observations to the onshore project management teams during various phases of offshore construction, inspection, maintenance, and repair operations. They will be involved in the earliest pre-construction field surveys and their involvement will culminate in the end-of-life decommissioning operations.
Candidates for the role of OCR will have been in the marine industry for a number of years. Emphasis during this course will focus on refining their observation and communication skills as well as practical advice about their specific function in the Client’s management organization.
What can you expect from this education programme?
The package is broken down into modules, each forming a presentation between 20 and 60 minutes long. We have focused on Offshore Wind during the current version of the course, as this is by far the most predominant and rapidly expanding marine renewables industry. However, most of the modules in this package have content which is pertinent to other areas of offshore renewable energy, such as seabed tidal turbines, wave power generators and moored energy harvesting systems.
Whereas many courses focus on industry regulation and compliance, we believe this detail needs to be taught by other specialists outside our organisation due to the local and regional variations in the requirements.
We provide practical information and examples of what can go wrong if basic rules and standards are not followed, but not the fine detail prescribed by individual governments or international bodies. We focus on a broad, practical overview that identifies the snags and snares that can quickly halt work if not identified by the OCR.
Our aim is to instill confidence in the OCR candidate that their employer will appreciate from the very first day that they take up their offshore role.
The OCR education programme broadly covers:
- An Introduction to marine renewable energy
- An overview of wind farm development
- Renewable Energy Zones
- Role of the Offshore Client Representative
- Aspects of international maritime law
- Environmental protection / management
- Civil & Contractual law
- Professional behaviour
- Contract compliance
- Communication & interaction between the Client and the Contractor
- Risk assessments, method statements and management of change
- Controlled zones & simultaneous operations at site
- Dealing with incidents & accident investigation