Master Mariner and Safety Management Offshore Oil and Gas Consultant

Technical Consultant #2349


Expertise

  • Marine Consultancy: Offshore oil and gas industry, dynamic positioning, safety management, operational risk management, human factor, cross-cultural safety management and training.
  • ISM and Safety Management Systems.
  • Maritime regulatory compliance.
  • Master and Offshore Installation: Command dynamically positioned vessels, conduct commission studies: Safety- offshore exploration, exploitation activities in the Mediterranean.
  • Interpretation-comprehension: Vessels, latest generation Dynamically Positioned Drillships, DP and moored Semi Submersibles and Jack Ups.
  • Full compliance with IMO, Flag States (Liberia and Marshall Islands), and Classification Societies (ABS and DNV) rules for the MODU's in fleet.
  • Lightship Management - Fleet update in the BU.
  • Review-approval; safe and efficient rig move plans for jack ups, semi's and drillships.
  • ISPS - Port and Ship Security.
  • Marine Superintendence of offshore vessels.
  • Operation assurance.
  • DP, Class, Flag States, ISM and ISPS Codes.
  • Achieved world record for drilling in the deepest water depth at 2,787 meters.

Expert Witness Experience

  • Marine litigation, U.S. Law Firms.

Experience

Undisclosed Company, Principal Marine Consultant, Present

  • Founder, CEO and Principal Consultant providing Independent Marine Consultancy, training and expert services to the Marine and offshore oil and gas industry, specializing in Dynamic Positioning, Safety Management, Operational Risk Management, Human Factor, and Cross-Cultural Safety Management.
  • Consultant: Provision of Expert Services in connection with Marine litigation, U.S. Law Firms.
  • Senior technical advisor for the Euroean commission study: "Safety of offshore exploration and exploitation activities in the Mediterranean: creating synergies between forthcoming European regulation and Protocol of the Barcelona Convention."
  • Visiting Lecturer at the University of Bologna, faculty of work psychology. Taught seminar on "Cross-Cultural Safety".

Undisclosed Company, Marine Superintendent, 2013 - 2017

  • Shore-based Business Unit Marine Superintendent responsible for Middle East, Africa, Asia and Pacific, oversee a fleet composed by up to 24 Vessels, which comprehends latest generation Dynamically Positioned Drillships, DP and moored Semi Submersibles and Jack Ups.

Accomplishments

  • Achieved and maintained full compliance with IMO, Flag States (Liberia and Marshall Islands), and Classification Societies (ABS and DNV) rules for the MODU's in fleet.
  • Management of Lightship update for the fleet in the BU.
  • Review and approval of safe and efficient rig move plans for jack ups, semi's and drillships.
  • Coordinate with the MWS the rig move and site location approval certificate for the jack up's.
  • Achieved Flag State review and optimization of the minimum safe manning requirements for certified lifeboat men on jack ups. Estimated savings of $280k in training requirements.
  • Performed pre-inspections and achieved compliance with client OVID-OCIMF annual audits.
  • Delivering a 100% success rate in tackling customer vetting issues in the fleet.
  • Achieved significant reduction of time out of service during the intermediate mandatory underwater surveys for the MODU's by using class approved alternative methods (saved approximately $350k.
  • Achieved reduction of time out of service during Special Periodical Surveys for Jack Ups by using a predictive methodology for the life expectancy of each hull structure for a 2,5 and 5 years' time span, (with cost savings of $700k on steel and labor).
  • Facilitated and attended DP FMEA, DP Annual Trials and Client acceptant tests as Owner's Representative.
  • Executed internal ISM and ISPS inspections that led to full time ISM and ISPS certifications.
  • BU Marine authority and Subject Matter Expert for DP, Class, Flag States, ISM and ISPS Codes.

Vantage Drilling, Offshore Installation Manager, 2010 - 2013

  • Appointed as Master and Offshore Installation Manager of the "Platinum Explorer", a newbuild 6th generation Dynamic Positioned ultra- deepwater Drill Ship of $ 650 million, 238 meters with a crew of 180. This is the first drillship and most important asset, with year revenues of over $210 million.
  • Shore based in DSME Shipyard South Korea, followed from ship's construction, commissioning, mobilization and successful operation start up for a five years contract in India.
  • Assisted in manning and crewing, sea trials, client acceptance tests, logistic, regulatory compliances, completed initial year of operation with productive time in excess of 92%, well above peers' average.
  • Completed utilization at 98.0% utilization.
  • Performed HAZID, HAZOP, Risk assessments, HSE audits, ISM and ISPS implementation and achievement of full term certification.
  • Returned to DSME Shipyard in South Korea as the assigned Master/OIM of the Drillship "Tungsten Explorer", at that time under construction.

Transocean, Master, 2000 - 2010

  • Later, appointed Master of a new build 6th generation dynamic positioned ultra-deepwater drill ship of $ 680 million, 228 meters with a crew of 172, the "Dhirubhai Deepwater KG1".
  • Then shore based at the SHI Shipyard in South Korea; followed the ship's construction, commissioning, mobilization and successful operation start up for a five years contract in India.
  • Conducted sea trials, client acceptance tests, DP FMEA, logistic, regulatory compliances, manning and crewing, bunker management.
  • Performed HAZID, HAZOP, Risk assessments, HSE audits, ISM and ISPS implementation and achievement of full term certification.
  • Previously as Master of the "Deepwater Expedition", a 5th generation ultra-deepwater drillship, executed exploration drilling campaigns in Brazil, Egypt, Morocco, and India.
  • Served as Chief Mate, Relief Master and as Senior DPO on the "Deepwater Expedition".
  • Carried out HAZID, bow ties analysis, HSE audits, ISM and ISPS implementation and compliance, HSE training, participate in Safety Case.

Accomplishments

  • World record for drilling in the deepest water depth at 2,787 meters.
  • World record for performing the deepest well test in a water depth of 2741 meters.
  • Brazilian record for the deepest total drilling depth at sea, 6170 meters.
  • Brazilian record for the deepest total drilling depth at sea, 7010 meters.
  • Shell campaign in Egypt, Mediterranean record for drilling in the deepest water depth of 2729 meters.
  • Drilling campaign finished 25 days below target and $30 million under-budget.

Saipem SPA, Marine Officer - Dynamic Positioning Officer, 1992 - 2000

  • As Officer of the watch as Dynamic Positioning Operator, responsible for the ship's position and to operate the ballast system in order to maintain the ship's stability.
  • Vast exposure to different operational environments worldwide, such as; pipelying, heavy lift and constructions, dive support and drilling.
  • General geographical location: West Africa, North Sea UK sector, Norway, Central and North America, Mediterranean Sea. The Vessels managed: Pipe Lay Vessels "Castoro Sei" and "Castoro Otto", Semi Sub Drilling Rigs "Scarabeo 3", Semi Sub DP Drilling Rig "Scarabeo 5" , DP Heavy Lift and Dive Support Vessels "Saipem 3000" and "Saipem 7000", Jack Up "Perro Negro 2."

Ignazio Messina & C, Italy, Third Mate, 1992

  • Main duties: Officer of the Watch in charge of navigation.
  • Vessel: Jolly Rubino, Vessel type: Ro/Ro Container Ship
  • Location: Mediterranean Sea/Red Sea/West South Africa/Persian Gulf

Italian Navy, Ministry of Defense, Commissioned Naval Officer, 1987 - 1991

  • Navigating Officer, Diving Officer, Deep Diver EOD in the Naval Special Force and Diving Operation Command.
  • Vessel: Frigate "ITNS Zeffiro", Diving Support Vessels "ITNS Anteo" and "ITNS Cavezzale."

Professional Activities

The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science Technology

  • Elected Committee Member, UAE Branch. The IMarEST has consultative status as Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) to the International Maritime Organization (IMO, a UN agency).

The Nautical Institute, 2010 - 2016

  • Elected Member of the Council of The Nautical Institute. The NI has consultative status as Non-Governmental Organization to the International Maritime Organization (IMO, a UN agency)
  • Advisory Group MSC (Maritime Safety) committee, member.

Honors & Publications

Credentials

  • Master Mariner, Italian Ministry of Transportation
  • Officer Training Course, Italian Naval Academy, Livorno, Italy
  • Nautical Technical Diploma, Nautical Technical Institute, Rome, Italy

Licenses

  • Licensed Master Mariner with a Doctorate in Safety Management
  • Master Mariner Certificate of Competency (Italy, Marshall Island)
  • Offshore Installation Manager (Bahamas, Marshall Islands)
  • Dynamically Positioning Officer Certificate

Languages

  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • English

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • Chartered Marine Technologist - Institute of Marine Engineering, Science, Technology (UK)
  • Chartered Manager - Chartered Management Institute (UK)
  • Graduate Member - Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (UK)
  • Associate Member - Institute of Chartered Arbitrators (UK)
  • Associate Fellow - Nautical Institute (UK)

Awards

  • Winner of the IMC Golden Helm Excellence Awards for Offshore services - Middle East,, International Maritime Club.

Publications

  • Author of publications for educational text books, conferences, and peer reviewed publications.

Education

  • D.P.S. Professional Studies Human Behaviors-Safety MNG., Middlesex University, London, U.K.
  • M.S. Marine Operations and Safety Management, Middlesex University, London, U.K.
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