Ming and I attended our ROV pilot/tech course in Portland, England which was conducted by Global Marine Systems Ltd. it's a 3 weeks course that consisted of theory, practicals and simulators. As for my batch, we had 5 participants. the course can accommodate up to 9 ppl (i reckon). 3 of my coursemates r local so we had no prb in exploring local foods, booze and boobs hahahahhahahaha, i mean books.
While some of the participants resided in B&B, ming n i lived in a small cottage which is 20mins walk from the training center, 20mins of uphills and downhills, so basically both of us had good exercise for the last 3 weeks. everyday we clocked 40mins of walk, some of the days under the crazy rain and unpredictable wind. accommodation here starts from 15gbp a nite until 60gbp a nite, depend on where u wanna stay n what u want in ur room.
Cheapest rate in town, only 5mins walk to the doorstep of the training school
this is our retreat after every class hahahahah
Typical meal's price
This is where all of us will rv everymorning to talk bout safety and how u can hurt urself and sign all the papers u need to sign incase things happen to u and u had been told bout that.
so, what actually the training package that had been prepared for us? as usual, everything starts with theory. so there's class session where the instructors talked about safety, basic offshores do and don'ts, story bout going offshores, experience sharing, basic electrics, hydraulics, symbols, accronyms, teamwork, rov applications, rov procedures, hydraulic and electrical maintenance, seamanship and beers (after class of course). the training school also let us all onboard one of their ships, CS Sovereign n showed us around how things actually work on board. so we all had a good real life glance on the bigger picture. it's not an isolated operations after all. after all those theories, we also been exposed to workshop practicals and all the related tools that will get the job done. familiarization with all the powered tools, electronics n electrical testing equipment, fibre optics handling and workshop safety practise. we were trained to do mechanical re-termination on smd plough umbilical where each of us been given our own cable to reterminate! perry scarab III junction box retermination and again, we had our own box and cable for that too.
As for simulator experience, we had a go in flying leviathon workclass ROV and seaeye tiger for some subsea intervention jobs. tools fixing onto ROV on the seabed n etc.
For real life flying, the seaeye falcon is our machine. we had to open up the shack, place the ROV, pre dive checks, launching it, umbilical monitoring, piloting, co piloting and post dive checked it almost every 2 days. tasks that had been carried out using the falcon are such as pier legs inspection, placement of marker bouys, hull inspection, pier wall inspection, navigation and use of sonar.
Termination of umbilical fibres using hot melt ST connectors and use of fibre optic test equipment to confirm optical loses. besides that, each of us had to do fusion splicing of optics tails on to the umbilical. we also been given harness to repair and practice to do molded joints and tape/scotchkote repairs. use of grinders, megger meters, all the safety gears, etc is part of the package. when u r not piloting, u can expect to be standing most of the time! hahhahahaha, i had a good exercise though. as for testing out camera system on one of the idled ROV, perry scarab, we been taught to use scopemeters and oscilloscopes.
Mocha's 1st virgin breaker task as an ROV personnel
Pre dive check
locking up n ready go say byebye
Mech retermination of smd plough umbilical
have to shine all those small cables and do some weaving! now i regret never pay attention in pendidikan seni during my f2 time, at least we weave using color paper only
to make a birdnest like steel ball so the ball can go into a big steel cup. i spent few days doing this practical!
Electrical retermination of cable belong to that autobots behind me
this is the vessel that we had visited, forgot to bring my camera onboard.. darn
pictures of instructors and students. all are now ready to face a whole new world ahead! ganbatte to all of us!