DP trial leads to partial blackout – DP undesired event


It was discovered that the 230v supply breaker was open and the uninterruptible power supply (UPS) 2 batteries completely discharged.  Warning alarms generated by the DP system regarding the condition of UPS 2 were overlooked.  An additional checklist item was added to the field arrival trials to check UPS 1, 2 and 3 are clear of alarms and operating as normal.  Vessel maintained position throughout.

Considerations from the above event:

  • The lessons to be learnt from the above are obvious and barriers preventing such errors are essential;
  • Alarms presented to operators must be acknowledged and acted on.