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Old 06 February 2018, 04:42   #1
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Qualifications required for wind farm transfer vessels?

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I'm considering going into the wind farm transfer vessel industry as mate/skipper,(I have a number of yachting qualifications and years of experience). Can anyone tell me the necessary/useful qualifications required please?

I've seen a job advertising asking for a banksman/slinger qualifiaction, but there seem to be many levels/stages to this, and it doesn't state what level is required. Is this a usual qualification needed?

Any help or advice offered is much appreciated. Also, any advice on which companies to target/avoid, (or things to look out for and avoid) would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Hi All,
I'm considering going into the wind farm transfer vessel industry as mate/skipper,(I have a number of yachting qualifications and years of experience). Can anyone tell me the necessary/useful qualifications required please?

I've seen a job advertising asking for a banksman/slinger qualifiaction, but there seem to be many levels/stages to this, and it doesn't state what level is required. Is this a usual qualification needed?

Any help or advice offered is much appreciated. Also, any advice on which companies to target/avoid, (or things to look out for and avoid) would be appreciated. Thanks.
I thought that there was only 1 qual for banksman/slinger after that its an appointed person qual for lifting/craning
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I thought that there was only 1 qual for banksman/slinger after that its an appointed person qual for lifting/craning


There's
slinger / banksman
Lift supervisor
Appointed person,
they are all individual qualifications to cover specific aspects of lifting ops. There aren't different levels of the qualifications, they are what they are.
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Thanks for the replies so far. With regards to the Banksman/Slinger qualification, there seems to be a 1 day course, up to a 4 day course, so I wanted confirmation as to which was required, if any. Thanks.
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Thanks for the replies so far. With regards to the Banksman/Slinger qualification, there seems to be a 1 day course, up to a 4 day course, so I wanted confirmation as to which was required, if any. Thanks.


The one day will be for someone with previous experience, the 4 day will be for a newcomer, they both result in the same qualification. Upon successfully completing the course, you will receive a provisional competency card, you have to complete an NVQ within 2 years to convert the provisional card to a blue card. This lasts for 5 years, in which time you have to log 300 hours & then pass another touch screen H&S test in order to renew for another 5 years. These are the CPCS rules which are industry wide, you can get an "in house" qualification but this will only be recognised by the issuing employer for a specific location/task.
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Thanks Pikey Dave, that's useful information. Is it a usual requirement to have a qualification beyond "boat related" qualifications, when working on a crew transfer vessel?
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Thanks Pikey Dave, that's useful information. Is it a usual requirement to have a qualification beyond "boat related" qualifications, when working on a crew transfer vessel?


No idea sorry
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spoke to our windfarm manager.
best to talk to a company for what they require but you will need.
marine medical
first aid at work
survival ticket PST
slinger banksman usually for lifting kit onto the turbine.
some more companies to contact
mainprize marine
turbine transfers
windcat
icine

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Thanks for that, Jeffstevens763, much appreciated, (I've got lots of Yachting qualifications, STCW95 etc, and experience but no construction-related qualifications or experience).
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Thanks for that, Jeffstevens763, much appreciated, (I've got lots of Yachting qualifications, STCW95 etc, and experience but no construction-related qualifications or experience).
if i can give you any advice before you spend any money is get in touch with the companies first, find out if they are crewing up or will be, start at the bottom do anything to get your foot on the ladder, you have boat experience i see no reason why you shouldn't get on a crew if you have the above tickets don't sell yourself short because you dont have construction experience you won't be chucked in at the deep end.
when i bring new divers into a team i look for willingness to muck in and learn part of the team their skills will come with time, of course they have to have the relevant tickets and the basic skills are taught in the dive school anyway. it's up to them then.

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Wot he said, give me someone eager & willing to learn that can get out of bed on a morning, over a qualified lazy bstard any day. If you show willing, any company worth working for will train you up.
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I really appreciate the advice guys, thanks.
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Hi , how did you get on m8 , I went for a deck hands job recently with one of the windfarm supply companies and all my tickets for the oil industry were not excepted , even though I have a advanced bosiet sea survival including underwater escape and first aid and firefighting , excepted all around the world including Norway , but not on a windfarm job apparently they only want basic survival lol and my sea fish , government fishing governing body skippers ticket unrestricted no good apparently , luckily I'm back in work offshore in the oil game again
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Deck crew in UK

STCW Basic
Slinger Banksman available through virtual college 30
Manual handling again virtual college 30
MCA Approved Engine Course

Additionally in Europe particularly Germany you will need a Navigational Watch Rating cert

Skippers master 200 gt
Although there are a couple of companies in UK allowing YM offshore to skipper they are getting few and far between.
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Njord offshore
Windcat
Turbine transfers
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That’s because you would working from a vessel and STCW are required for the merchant navy just like OPITO quals are used for O&G industry and GWO quals for renewable sectors. Just a huge money making scheme for training providers as a lot of the courses are indentical just tweaked to make it more relevant for the workplace concerned.
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