Engine Room Resource Management

Introduction to Human Factors and Crew Resource Management techniques through technical skills classroom training and high fidelity simulator scenario-based training. Teambased problem solving in scenario-based simulator vessel specific cases.


The purpose of this course is to reduce the risk of acci­dents at sea. We focus on casualty prevention and human error, but also on increasing operational uptime and daily efficiency on DP units in an offshore environment.

Target group

The course is aimed at, but not limited to, technical officers from DP drilling and offshore units.


On completion of this course the participant will be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge of resource manage­ment, leadership and teamwork to fulfil the requirements of STCW 2010, Sections A-III/1 and A-III/2.

  • Working knowledge of shipboard personnel manage­ment, including human error, cross cultural awareness, situational awareness, complacency and teamwork
  • Ability to apply task and workload management
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply effective resource management
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply decision making techniques
  • Knowledge of international maritime conventions, recommendations and national legislations
  • Knowledge of Emergency management and Crisis Lead­ership
  • Ability to observe teammates and provide proper feed­back, and use feedback as a performance enhancement tool


The course is verified by the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA).


Through theory classes and practical cases we address how human factors such as individual behavior and interac­tion between team members affect the safe and efficient operation of a vessel. In the simulator officers are trained to handle dynami­cally escalating situations emphasizing the need to apply the lessons learned in real life situations. The participants are provided with the tools to improve teamwork, leadership, communication, decision-making and resource manage­ment.

The course is conducted as interplay between theoretical presentations, case studies, group discussions and super­vised training in a Full Mission Engine Room Simulator to backup/illustrate theory and make it easily transferable to daily operations:

  • Human factor theory, personal abilities, behaviors and human limitations
  • Human error, complacency, boredom and automation awareness
  • Situational awareness
  • Resource management and decision making
  • Leadership and team work
  • Assertiveness
  • Effective communication
  • Cultural awareness, inherent traits, behavior and cross-cultural communication
  • Planning and prioritization
  • Risk assessment
  • Stress coping, rest and fatigue
  • Emergency and crisis management
  • Observations and feedback given by participants’ own colleagues are processed
  • Exercises will be conducted on a full mission model of a 7th generation DP3 ultra deep water drillship, with ad­vanced Power Management System, propulsion control and automation system.

Key benefits from Engine Room Resource Management training

Solid non-technical understanding and practical application of theoretic methods concerning human factors and feedback on personal and team performance in the simulated environment.

Full technical understanding and practical application of theoretic methods.