TOTAL Module 5 – Rigmove

Purpose is to provide in depth knowledge on the theory and practise of basic rig move operations for jack up and semi sub rigs


The course is a mix of theory and practical exercises, using simulators. During practical exercises, course participants will be divided in teams of maximum 3 persons on each. During the course, the participants will act as Towmasters and boat handlers on assisting vessels.

  • Typical jack up design
    • Anchor arrangements
    • Towing arrangements incl. emergency towing arrangement
    • Jacking arrangements, rack and pinion
  • Typical Semi sub design
    • Anchor arrangements
    • Towing arrangements incl. emergency towing arrangement
    • Propulsion
  • Rules, guidelines and manuals
    • Operational planning according to DNV standards
    • MSF guidance on content of rigmove procedures
    • NWEA regarding responsibility of parties
    • Noble Denton towing requirements
    • MODU code knowledge
    • Towmaster manual example
    • Unit specific operation manual
  • Towing
    • Vector theory
    • Long distance towing
    • Interfield towing
  • Safety during rigmoves
    • Manning onboard
    • Attending vessels, numbers and sizes
    • Watertight integrity
    • Stability issues
    • Crane operations during transit
    • Max inclination of rigs versus distance to platform
    • Responsibilities
  • Equipment
    • Anchor types – Refresher of content on Total module 2
    • Connecting links – Refresher of content on Total module 2
    • Chains and wires
  • Basic seabed and soil information
    • Basic information of bottom surveys
    • Reading geological reports
    • Existing footprints and dangers to rig move and jacking operation
  • RPD issues on jack up rigs
  • Semi sub Mooring analysis
    • Basic requirements according to API, NMD or DNV

  • Practical rigmove of Jack Up in simulator covering
    • Location approach
    • Location departure
    • Friction on legs
    • Stocked legs
    • Rig ‘walking’ – max torque on legs
    • Jacking operation
    • Rapid penetration / punch through
    • Communication
  • Practical rigmove of a semi sub
    • Location approach
    • Location departure
    • Chaser operation
    • Pre laid system operation
    • Communication
  • Case Studies

After the course, the participant will:

  • Have understanding of typical jack up design
  • Have understanding of typical semi sub design
  • Have understanding of rules, guidelines and manuals
  • As part of a team have applied gained knowledge to a practical exercise by usingDNV standard and MSF guideline as template for planning of exercise
  • As part of a team have applied gained knowledge to a practical exercise by usingunit specific operational manual during the exercise
  • Have understanding of towing operations
  • As part of a team have applied gained knowledge to a practical exercise by usingvector theory during towing exercises
  • Have understanding of safety during rigmoves
  • As part of a team have applied gained knowledge to a practical exercise by showing correct safety awareness during exercises
  • Have understanding of equipment used on rigs and vessel during a rigmove operation
  • As part of a team have applied gained knowledge to a practical exercise by choosing correct equipment for exercises
  • Have understanding of basic seabed and soil information
  • As part of a team have applied gained knowledge to a practical exercise by using GEO reports during planning of a rigmove
  • Have understanding of RPD issues on jack up rigs
  • Have knowledge of semi sub mooring analysis
  • As part of a team have practiced practical rigmove of a jack up
  • As part of a team have practiced practical rigmove of a semi sub