BP Survey and Site Investigation Global Specifications

August 2011
BPXS 6001

(Where Vessel is to be provided by CONTRACTOR)


Rev. 09
Rev. 08

August 2011
September 2004

Rev. 07
Rev. 06
Rev. 05

February 2004
August 2000
November 1996

JGS minor updates
AWH Re-inclusion to BPXS System, major
re-adjustment of order and content.
ICM/GL/RSA Updates and changes
AWH Major Rewrite
ICM Requirement for colour charts

This document has been compiled for the purpose of providing CONTRACTORS,
tendering for Offshore Survey Work, with a series of guidelines as to the standard and
outline specification of survey vessels. Section 2.4 is intended to allow the CONTRACTOR
to present a comprehensive profile of the vessel and its support structure to assist the
client’s marine staff in their assessment of the vessel’s suitability and optimise the time
spent on Technical Audits.




Contractual Clauses
The vessel(s) shall be of adequate size, power and construction to operate safely
in the prospect areas outlined by the client and to undertake the work required with
reasonable despatch.
To that purpose the vessel(s) shall be classed by a recognised classification
society and all certification required by that society shall be kept in date and on the vessel
ready for inspection. The documentation shall be in a form acceptable to the authorities in
the area in which the vessel is operating. The CONTRACTOR shall advise of any subjects
to class at present outstanding. If the keel was laid before 18th. July 1982 the provenance
of the GRT certificate is to be detailed.
Comprehensive guidelines are included with this tender document to enable the
CONTRACTOR to give full details of the vessel(s) tendered for the work.
The CONTRACTOR should bear in mind that award of any contract will be
subject to satisfactory technical and safety audit of the vessel(s) in question, acoustic noise
test results may be requested by the COMPANY to be included with the tendered vessel
The vessel(s) personnel shall be sufficiently conversant with the English
Language to enable COMPANY’s Representative to issue instructions and to receive
verbal and written reports in the English Language.
The CONTRACTOR shall be responsible for ensuring that marine and survey
operations are carried out with a high degree of safety at all times. The CONTRACTOR
shall co-operate with the client in achieving the highest standards of safety possible.


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Garbage container(s) of sufficient volume to collect all waste covered by the above legislation shall be carried. the pollution of the sea due to spillage of any sort of liquid or by disposal of waste material. The only exceptions to this are discharges permitted by other legislation. Further details regarding vessel audit can be found in BPXS6002. documents (and equivalent legislation of the vessel's flag): Merchant Shipping (Hatches & Lifting Plant) Regulations SI 1988/1639 Statutory Instrument 1019 Part 1. including certification.K. Pot water samples will be taken for analysis during the vessel audit.1 Certification of Lifting Equipment In addition to general aspects of safety.2 Regulations The CONTRACTOR’S attention is drawn. in particular the requirements for fire protection and extinction.7 The client will reserve the right to terminate or suspend any contract forthwith if the CONTRACTOR should fail to maintain a consistently high standard of safety aboard the vessel. The CONTRACTOR’S attention is drawn to the requirements of SOLAS 74 and subsequent amendments or equivalent flag legislation. The vessel shall comply with the requirements of MARPOL 73/78 as amended or equivalent flag legislation and shall carry documentation relating to Annex V of Marpol 73/78 (Garbage). Items 6 (1) to (4) Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 14/09/2011 BP Survey and Site Investigation Technical Specifications Page 2 of 10 .BP Survey and Site Investigation Global Specifications August 2011 BPXS 6001 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION FOR SURVEY VESSEL 2. including non-destructive testing of sea fastening welds and test loads and. For a previous audit to be recognised it is expected that the audit will have taken place within the previous 6 months and was completed by a recognised auditor. 2.3.3 Safety Equipment The survey vessel shall be classed by a recognised classification society and all certification required by that society shall be kept up to date. Certificates should have been verified during the vessel audit process. but not limited to. encompassed in the foregoing clauses. the carriage of life saving appliances and carriage of nautical publications. be discharged overboard to the sea from any vessel. To this end the COMPANY will expect the vessel’s lifting equipment.e. CONTRACTOR to provide COMPANY with report and details from last audit but all vessels may be subject to COMPANY audit. The IMCA Common Marine Audit Document or the OCIMF Offshore Vessel Inspection Document are the preferred standards. 2. Any costs incurred in this latter case will be for the CONTRACTOR’S account. 2. the need to comply with the requirements of the following U.3. sewage and washroom waste.1. will be rejected or replaced as the client sees fit. shall be subject to scrutiny. if found defective in any way.2 Observation of Pollution Regulations The CONTRACTOR shall be aware of his responsibilities for environmental protection during the vessel's operations i. 2. the CONTRACTOR shall be aware of the client’s strict requirements for the certification of all lifting equipment used in the work tendered for. including that used in conjunction with survey works. Any lifting equipment required to be transported by the client for the purpose of sustaining offshore operations. with the exception of ground waste. to be fully certified by a recognised testing authority. It is COMPANY policy that no solids.

2. where relevant. 2.4. and operated iii) Leased and Operated iv) Time Chartered (Long Term) v) Voyage (Work scope duration) Charter 2.3. 2.8 In addition the CONTRACTOR shall ensure that clear and unobstructed title to the vessel exists.4. but not limited to. 2.4.3 Medical Fitness The CONTRACTOR shall bear in mind the client’s medical fitness requirements for personnel working offshore and.1 Work. separately.7 The CONTRACTOR shall identify the ownership of the vessel and identify the COMPANY by which the vessel is managed and / or manned (if applicable).4. Vessel data should be provided as per the pro forma in Section 3. regulations (and equivalent legislation of the vessel's flag): Merchant Shipping Notices 1144.3 CONTRACTOR shall append technical specifications of the vessels and a general arrangement drawing. showing all modifications. the Department of Trade requirements for medical certification of seafarers serving on British Flag Vessels.4.4 Marine Technical Information Required for Proposed Vessels 2. then CONTRACTOR shall give a concise outline of how performance of the vessel in the ensuing areas will be monitored. 1225. organisation. Acoustic noise trial test results (if requested) should also be provided. 1230 OGP Guidelines on Medical Fitness. The client will expect seafarers serving on the tendered vessels to meet acceptable medical standards.4.6 If the vessel in question is not directly operated by CONTRACTOR.BP Survey and Site Investigation Global Specifications August 2011 BPXS 6001 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION FOR SURVEY VESSEL Factories Act 1961 Dock Regulations 1934 2.2 CONTRACTOR shall state the method for providing the vessels required to conduct this work: i) Owned and Operated ii) Bare Boat Charter. preferably to 1:100 or 1:200 scale). The CONTRACTORS attention is drawn. 2.9 i) 14/09/2011 CONTRACTOR’s attention is drawn to the following responsibilities in particular: Operational Practices and Procedures BP Survey and Site Investigation Technical Specifications Page 3 of 10 .4 CONTRACTOR shall detail the shipboard organisation and responsibilities with particular reference to Survey / Coring Operations and Vessel interfaces (See 3.4.K.5. free of debts or any constraints which might otherwise prejudice the vessel’s ability to fulfil the work as designated. for the operation and support of the vessel.4.4. 2.4. CONTRACTOR shall state which vessels shall be offered for the tendered Survey 2.33. the following U.9 below). the responsibilities. with relevant 2.5 CONTRACTOR shall detail. to scale (plans and elevations.

Additionally. 14/09/2011 BP Survey and Site Investigation Technical Specifications Page 4 of 10 . 2.4. but may not be limited to. There shall also be evidence that these procedures have been clearly laid down and brought to the attention of vessel’s crew and survey CONTRACTOR’s personnel.13 Crew and Manning COMPANY Policy for Defining and Maintaining Standards of Qualification.BP Survey and Site Investigation Global Specifications August 2011 BPXS 6001 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION FOR SURVEY VESSEL ii) Operating Procedures 2. ii) When the vessel is audited by the client there should be available evidence of continuing on board instruction and demonstration in the use of safety and lifesaving equipment. Examination of the lifting and handling equipment concerned with the above work shall form part of the vessel inspection report. b) Length of employment. These shall include evidence that the vessel’s owners/managers have a formal and coherent policy with respect to personal and vessel safety.4.e. Emergency Procedures.12 i) Safety Procedures. outboard motors. then details of these procedures along with details of the equipment i.4. These should include brief details of the responsibility for the handling of the above equipment and an outline of the procedures adopted / to be adopted on the vessel in question. and that this policy is communicated to the vessel and survey crew at the commencement of their first tour of duty aboard the vessel and regularly thereafter. This will include. If repair or examination. i) The CONTRACTOR shall provide details of the operating COMPANY’s manning and recruitment criteria with emphasis on the following information: a) Summary of experience of the vessel’s crew and potential relieving personnel.4. at the time of audit. also the requirements of the country in whose waters the vessel will operate. supported by regular drills and musters. Experience and Fitness shall be followed. The vessel’s lifesaving and firefighting equipment shall be such that it meets in full the requirements of the vessel’s country of registry and those of the relevant classification society. crew safety equipment. 2. Details of certification with respect to the firefighting and lifesaving equipment will be required during any technical audit of the vessel. 2. the following information.11 Equipment Handling The CONTRACTOR shall provide details of spaces and equipment concerned with the handling of Survey Equipment. of the survey equipment. Certification The CONTRACTOR shall provide details of the organisation and responsibilities aboard the vessel with respect to safety and emergency procedures.10 CONTRACTOR shall provide details of the vessel’s general marine operating procedures with particular emphasis on these procedures being in a form clearly laid down for the guidance of the vessel’s crew. where applicable. the vessel operator shall provide details of periodic external inspection of safety equipment by recognised specialist CONTRACTORs. whilst deployed outboard the vessel. is part of the CONTRACTOR’S normal operating procedure. should also be supplied. inflatable boat.

iii) Crew and manning levels will be approved by COMPANY during all phases of a survey. d) Details of training courses. and the testing of emergency and standby equipment i. e) Evidence of medical fitness. HSE). Planned / Unscheduled and Certification CONTRACTOR shall provide details of the scheme of maintenance covering all major items of the vessel’s plant and machinery.4. COMPANY reserve the right to instruct CONTRACTOR to replace personnel at any time.33 below). Compressors.5.33 below). Refrigeration and Ancillary equipment. (See 3. Propulsion machinery/main engine. v) There shall be clear evidence that adequate minimum standards of crew certification can be achieved and maintained through any crew changes. Pumps. 2. CONTRACTOR shall describe how the scheme includes ongoing survey work to meet classification society standards.g. vi) Personnel with HLO and Helicopter communication certification must be available when a vessel’s helideck is to be used. iv) No CONTRACTOR operational field staff shall remain deployed on a survey for more than six weeks at a time. COMPANY will approve the provision of all offshore or onshore personnel.15 14/09/2011 Procurement and Supply of Spares and Stores BP Survey and Site Investigation Technical Specifications Page 5 of 10 . generators.14 Maintenance. Fresh Water Makers. also regular testing of remote safety devices and shut-offs on the vessel’s machinery.BP Survey and Site Investigation Global Specifications August 2011 BPXS 6001 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION FOR SURVEY VESSEL c) Type of certificate and date including CAA and Radio Operators Certificates (UK certificates to be updated). vii) If it is intended to perform a relief service by helicopter then all crew and CONTRACTORS personnel must have attended an approved helicopter survival course. The above shall include evidence of regular maintenance on. CONTRACTOR will submit alternative candidate CV for approval. f) ii) Full curriculum vitae for personnel must be provided to COMPANY for approval. Navigation equipment.5. CONTRACTOR shall detail whether the above maintenance scheme is on an individual ship-by-ship basis or whether it is a corporate scheme administered centrally by the owners and tailored to individual ships.4. 2. (See 3. fire pump. Micro-biological Contamination of fuel. All personnel will be monitored for performance and attitude on a continual basis (e.e. In the event that COMPANY disapprove provision of personnel. This includes increases and decreases in manning levels. Generating equipment.

i) The vessel should be fitted with an oily water separator.BP Survey and Site Investigation Global Specifications August 2011 BPXS 6001 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION FOR SURVEY VESSEL CONTRACTOR shall provide details of the system by which orders for spare gear and stores are initiated on the vessel and processed ashore.1 Name 2.7 Official number 2.3 Port of Registry 2.5 Vessel Details 2.5.10 Beam maximum 2. iii) Give details of any system for on board disposal of galley and general domestic refuse i. 2.5.8 Builder and Converter (if applicable).2 Owner 2.e. If not fitted with an oily water separator please give details of the method employed to deal with oily water especially bilge water.4 Flag 2. and indicate what level of management can be contacted in the latter cases. 2. by incineration. for the purpose of the management of the vessel in a safe and efficient manner.4.5 Classification Society 2. ii) Give details of any system on board the vessel to deal with domestic sewage effluent. The reporting structure should indicate the parties in regular communication and the flow of information.5.9 Length (overall) 2. to deal with oily water and ensure that any water discharged overboard has an oil content within the specified minimum. Vessel and Management Communications. This shall also show how communications are handled outside office hours. 14/09/2011 2. of an approved type. Call sign 2. Operations and Policy CONTRACTOR shall provide details of any formal communications or reporting structure between the vessel and shore management.5. if any such methods are implemented by the COMPANY. also details of any scheme which exists for expediting the order and delivery of urgently required spares. at weekends and holidays.17 Environmental Treatment Equipment CONTRACTOR shall provide details of the various systems incorporated in the vessel to minimise environmental disturbance.5. CONTRACTOR shall also provide details of the on board system for monitoring levels of stores and spare gear.4. CONTRACTOR shall provide the date the keel was laid down if it was before 18 July 1982.11 Light draught BP Survey and Site Investigation Technical Specifications Page 6 of 10 .5.

5.5. 2. type and number of generators and how the generators are linked to provide any autostart/standby capacity. 2.R.5.5.25 Radios (including portable VHF/UHF and airband). ii) In addition CONTRACTOR shall give details of sources of clean power for navigation and survey equipment along with any back up facilities. 2.20 Fuel capacity Ballast 2.5.15 N.30 Positioning Systems (GPS.17 Bow Thruster(s) 2. etc).T.5.5.T.24 Number of berths CONTRACTOR shall provide an accommodation plan for the vessel and detail accommodation allocated for clients use.5.5. BP Survey and Site Investigation Technical Specifications Page 7 of 10 . 2. 2. Loran.5.26 Satellite telephone and fax numbers.12 Load draught Cellular telephone for use in coastal waters. under Internal Tonnage Convention Rules 2.14 G. 2.27 Echo Sounder. 14/09/2011 2. iii) CONTRACTOR shall provide assurance that the vessel has the capacity to handle all specialist equipment requirements.13 Moulded depth 2.5. if fitted.5.5.22 Potable water capacity CONTRACTOR shall state the type and capacity of water maker. 2. 2.5. 2.28 Radars (state if automated plotting or ARPA is available).29 Auto Pilots. under Internal Tonnage Convention Rules 2.18 Stern Thruster(s) 2. 2.R.e.16 Main engine CONTRACTOR shall describe the reliability of the vessel’s thrusters.19 Generators i) CONTRACTOR shall give details of the power generating system on the vessel i.5.BP Survey and Site Investigation Global Specifications August 2011 BPXS 6001 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION FOR SURVEY VESSEL 2.23 Compressors CONTRACTOR shall give details of the number and type of compressors and state if any back up is available to the normal operating capacity.

5. A 220 volts AC stabilised instrument power supply. 2. 2.6 Minimum Vessel Specification Criteria for Operations The Survey vessel chosen for the proposed work program shall be capable of performing all tasks required under weather and sea conditions normally expected in the survey area at any time of the year.5. to acquire core samples.5. separate from ship’s services supply. every vessel will be assessed on its suitability for the proposed Works.6. CONTRACTOR shall state the maximum size of helicopter cleared to use the helideck. 2. may be required for specialised equipment. 2.32 Endurance CONTRACTOR shall state the normal daily fuel oil and water consumptions when operating under design speed steaming and survey conditions. 2. and capable of coping with initial power surges of survey equipment without disruption to running systems shall be provided. 2. the survey vessel shall have Dynamic Positioning with “follow up” capability of tracking and following an ROV in DP mode. or a propulsion configuration such that the vessel does not have to anchor.3 14/09/2011 Positioning Equipment BP Survey and Site Investigation Technical Specifications Page 8 of 10 . for example 415VAC. to show siting of all additional equipment required for the work scope. Whilst the minimum length criterion is preferred. 2. 2.36 Messing and Recreational Facilities Detail messing and recreational facilities which may be available on any particular vessel.5.BP Survey and Site Investigation Global Specifications August 2011 BPXS 6001 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION FOR SURVEY VESSEL 2. Beam and draft to be adequate to give adequate stability in weather conditions expected in the survey area.2 Machinery For survey support operations.37 Stability Information Approved stability information to be available with details of stability calculations for the proposed voyage.5. For ROV support vessels.1 Dimensions Minimum acceptable length overall shall be 50 metres. 3 phase. the vessel shall be twin screw and with bow thrusters.33 Helideck.6. A dedicated power supply. or moor up.5.6. For ROV support the vessel shall be dynamically positioned with follow up mode capability. water and stores sufficient to remain at sea for a minimum period of thirty days.35 Provide details of on board communications systems 2.34 Fast Rescue Craft Give details of fast rescue craft or any craft provided for survey or vessel operations. The vessel should have fuel.

4 Navigation Equipment The vessel shall have the following: i) Gyro and Magnetic Compass with optional gyro input to the navigation computer. The VHF R/T shall have a dual watch facility. a data channel.6. 2. the vessel shall be capable of accommodating the appropriate numbers of survey personnel required for the work. vi) Bridge Control of Engines and Thrusters. Bridge wing. gun shack.5 Communications The following communications equipment shall be provided.6.6. Single cabins with en suite bathroom shall be available for the use of up to two COMPANY Representatives.BP Survey and Site Investigation Global Specifications August 2011 BPXS 6001 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION FOR SURVEY VESSEL Preference will be given to vessels equipped with Joystick control to assist with station keeping during coring operations. the survey room and the corer / equipment launch area. Laundry facilities are to be available. viii) Sextant (for gyrocompass error observations). and not less than four separate email accounts v) Visibility to operations decks and stern must be adequate from the bridge or provision made using close circuit TV monitors.6 Accommodation In addition to the marine crew and requirements for 24 hours working. iv) V-satellite communications system of minimum 128 Kbs with 4 voice channels. or monkey island. ii) Cellular phone system with masthead antenna. 2. ii) Marine Radar. vii) Doppler Log. repeaters are desirable. In such alternative case the instrument room shall be fitted with multi channel VHF R/T including the aforementioned private channels. An acceptable alternative will be the provision of at least four hand-held ‘walkie-talkie’ radios each with spare battery pack and charger and preferably using private channels. v) Auto Pilot. iv) Marine Echo Sounder with Hull Mounted Transducer. 14/09/2011 BP Survey and Site Investigation Technical Specifications Page 9 of 10 . i) Multi channel VHF R/T capable of working all marine frequencies. 2. iii) In situ voice communication between the bridge. Such COMPANY cabin(s) should be fitted to a high standard with generous desk and drawer space. iii) GPS receiver.

There shall be space for safe and tidy stowage of all records and data.2 times maximum water depth envisaged plus half a wrap on the drum plus the distance from the winch barrel to the water line) to be carried. 14/09/2011 BP Survey and Site Investigation Technical Specifications Page 10 of 10 . If on deck the model should be suitably silenced. Attention should be paid to the need for a separate generator for specialist equipment / winches etc. coring results etc. shall be tested and certified as addressed in Section 2. 2.1. shackles and blocks etc.8 Survey Post Processing Room The vessel shall provide adequate space.6.6. There shall be sufficient room to comfortably allow installation and operation of a AO plotter which shall be provided by the CONTRACTOR. The deployment and handling system for any corer / vibrocorer shall have a SWL of sufficient capacity to safely endure the shock loads likely to be encountered when retrieving coring equipment from the seabed.BP Survey and Site Investigation Global Specifications August 2011 BPXS 6001 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION FOR SURVEY VESSEL The cleanliness of accommodation and the quality of victualling are to be of high standard.9 Deck Equipment Equipment for the overside handling equipment shall be provided. 2. These equipment shall be capable of simultaneously handling all survey equipment normally used for survey / ROV operations. shall be available aboard the vessel. A robust A3 / A4 photocopier. 2. facilities and comfort to allow onboard interpretation of survey records.7 Survey Operations Room Sufficient work space on the bridge deck to allow all survey navigation to be carried out close to the conning position. suitable for use in a marine environment.3. There shall be sufficient coring cable suitable for the anticipated water depths in the survey area (minimum of 1. All lifting appliances and associated wires.6. The COMPANY nominated cabins shall be fitted with 220VAC power supplies for a portable computer (PC) system.