FRC / FRB (Fast Rescue Craft / Boat) – Coxswain & Boatman

Fast Rescue Craft

Purpose

Fast Rescue Craft / Boat course is designed as per IMO guidelines. It is to train personnel to operate FRC/FRB, which is mandatory for deployment in offshore field as per IOGP and on RO-RO passenger vessels as per IMO.

Rig Contingency Plans will describe the actions, relevant for the type of vessel and equipment used, to take in the event of a calamity on board a vessel. One of the topics covered is the emergency procedure/ plan of rescue and treatment of casualties, including the use of FRB’s.

The emergency procedure will describe initial actions to take by the Master, FRB coxswain and crew before, during and after launching a FRB. Another topic will be the rescue, treatment of and transfer to safety of casualties after recovery. Crew needs to be trained accordingly and the procedure/plan will be revised when there are changes in legislation or best practices.

Target Audience Fast Rescue Craft

Marine crew working in offshore fields and those taking up jobs on RO-RO passenger ferry.

Course Content Fast Rescue Craft

The Course Consists of 3 different Modules prevalent in FRC training for offshore industry:

a) Proficiency in FRB – IMO Module

b) FRC Coxswain – OPITO Module

c) FRC Boatman – OPITO Module

A) Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boat / Craft  – (IMO Module)

The Training Module consists of: 

  • Construction and outfit of fast rescue boats and individual items of their equipment
  • Particular Characteristics and facilities of fast rescue boats
  • Navigational and Safety equipment available in a fast rescue boat
  • Safety precautions during launch and recovery of a fast
  • How to handle a fast rescue boat in prevailing and adverse weather and sea conditions
  • Procedures for righting a capsized fast rescue boat
  • Search patterns and environment factors affecting their execution
  • Assessment of readiness of fast rescue boats and related equipment for immediate use
  • Knowledge of the maintenance, emergency repairs, normal inflation and deflation ofbuoyancy compartments of inflated fast rescue boat
  • Methods of starting and operating a fast rescue boat engine
  • Understanding the operation and limitations of winch, brakes, falls, painters, motion compensation and other equipment as commonly fitted
  • Safety procedures during launching and recovery of FRB
  • Launching and recovery of FRB in prevailing and adverse weather and sea conditions
  • Assessment of readiness of FRB and related equipment for immediate launch and operations
  • Particular characteristic, facilities and limitations of FRB
  • Procedures for righting of a capsized FRB
  • How to handle a FRB in prevailing and adverse weather conditions
  • Navigational and safety equipment available in a FRB
  • Search patterns and environmental factors affecting their executions
  • Method of starting and operating a FRB engine and its accessories.Construction and equipment and outfit of FRB and individual items of their equipment
  • Knowledge of maintenance, emergency repairs of FRB and the normal inflation and deflation of buoyancy
    compartment of inflated FRB
  • Assessment of readiness of launch equipment and launch appliance of FRB for immediate launch and
    operation

On completion of the training, the trainees will have knowledge of:

  • Construction and function of different FRC’s
  • Equipment in the FRC
  • Maintenance and maintain the FRC
  • Handle a capsized FRC
  • Recover and transport casualties
  • Take charge of a FRC
  • Manage FRC during launch, SAR and recovery
  • Operating VHF, PLB, GPS, SART, EPIRB

B) FRC Coxswain – (OPITO Module)

Theory:

1. The roles and responsibilities of the FRC coxswain in ERRV activities
2. The effects and possible reduction of Whole Body Shock and Vibration and measures for reducing the risk to FRC crew
3. Basic Rules of the Road (IRPCS)
4. Rescue processes from TEMPSC, liferafts, helicopters, personnel descending devices and rope access systems to the FRC
5. The hazards of accessing installations by FRC in an emergency
6. The requirement for installation specific risk assessments
7. The personal locator beacons and emergency location beacons that may be encountered when responding to an emergency and how they can be deactivated.
8. The principles behind the use of direction finding equipment
9. How direction finding equipment can be used to locate casualties

Practical:
10. Leadership and team working capabilities
11. Facilitation capabilities
12. Pre-launch and re-launch checks on the FRC
13. How emergency equipment should be used when needed
14. Establishing and maintain communications
15. Directing the FRC crew in all activities
16. Confirming the FRC is ready for launch and start the engines
17. FRC handling techniques required for safe launching and release
18. Handling both jet and outboard FRC’s in confined spaces
19. Handling both jet and outboard FRC’s in open waters
20. Acting appropriately during and after a capsize and during the righting
21. Casualty location using basic SAR techniques
22. Casualty assessment prior to rescue and safe approach techniques in both jet and outboard FRC’s
23. Directing the crew for casualty recovery
24. Towing another vessel of equivalent size to the FRC
25. Transferring casualties to the ERRV
26. Retrieving the FRC on to the ERRV

C) FRC Boatman – (OPITO Module)

Theory:
1. The types of FRC and DC currently in use
2. The types of casualty recovery and handling equipment on an FRC and DC
3. The propulsion systems, launch and crewing arrangements on FRC and DC
4. The hazards of launch and recovery of a RC
5. Rescue processes from TEMPSC, liferafts, helicopters, personal descending devices and rope access systems to the FRC
6. The actions taken to recover casualties using an assisted method
7. The Personal Locator Beacons and Emergency Location Beacons that may be encountered when responding to an emergency and how they can be deactivated.
8. The actions to take in the event of capsize of the RC

Practical:
9. Responding to directions from the coxswain
10. Using basic radio procedures and hand signals for onboard communications
11. Releasing the securing arrangements for the RC
12. Releasing the RC from the lowering system and bow line
13. Locating any casualties
14. Assessing the casualties prior to rescue
15. Recovering the casualties using the horizontal recovery system
16. Recovering the casualties using the vertical method
17. Transferring the casualties to the ERRV including the use of casualty handling devices
18. Basic RC low speed handling skills
19. Basic RC high speed handling skills
20. Basic RC skills in coming alongside
21. The setting up of a towline
22. Retrieving the RC to the ERRV

CourseFee INRDurationCourse TimingDate CommenceRemarks
FRB Proficiency9,000 3 days10:00-18:00Monday
FRC Coxswain120004 days10:00-18:00Monday
FRC Boatman60002 days10:00-18:00Monday