“During the course we talk a lot about the operations safety. In some situations, we made mistakes for not paying enough attention to the operation. Safety and understanding the procedures significantly ease the operation, prevents accidents and equipment breakdown.”

Born in Fortaleza, Ulisses Moura is an experienced chief engineer graduated by CIABA in 1983. He started his pilotage in bulk carriers and general cargo ships. After working for Petrobras for 14 years on gas carriers, he attended the Officers course in CIAGA in 2003. In October of that year, he started to work on PSVs and MPSVs. In 2006 he started his career at Anchor Handling and that is what he does till today.

In October of the current year Ulisses attended the Anchor Handling course in Maersk Training Brasil.

Q: Chief, what is your opinion about the course?

A: I found the course really interesting for both chief engineers and second engineers due to the lack of knowledge or little knowledge about anchor handling operation. After the course, we have a better understanding about the system and the operation runs safer. The chief officer sometimes only gets to know the system when a failure happens, that is when he is called.

Q: What has actually changed for you after the course?

A: During the course we talk a lot about the operation`s safety. In some situations, we made mistakes for not paying enough attention to the operation. Safety and understanding the procedures significantly ease the operation, prevents accidents and equipment breakdown.

Q: How does the relation between Captain and chief officer during the operation feel?

A: From the client we receive the operation planning. As a chief engineer I participate in the meeting about the execution, so that I can make the necessary adjustments on the machines and equipment for the operation. Our vessel has 300 tons of bollard pull, it is a very powerful ship, so it is essential that the Captain is engaged with the Chief Engineer.

Ulisses Moura, Chief Engineer, Norskan (DOF)