Good afternoon dear Colleagues.
Are there any laws, rules or regulations in one of the countries you work or worked in in the past, on the requirement to have a valid IWCF or equivalent certificate?
When reading all the various investigation reports on the Macondo Well Incident I never came across anything, where the existence of an IWCF or equivalent certificate of the various crew members were discussed.
Is having an IWCF (or equivalent) Certificate mandatory in some countries? If so, for whom of the drilling, completion and well services crews (only rig crews or also office crews) would it be mandatory for? Normally the drilling, completion and well services engineers in the offices around the world never come close to a choke with the need to kill a well, so do they need such a certificate, too?.
If your company (or any laws) requires the whole crew to have such a certificate are you sending them ALL to the courses every two years?
Thanks a lot for your feedback on this matter, too in advance!
The mining laws and regulations in the Netherlands require the operator to have competent personnel.
it is then up to the operator how to measure and implement this competency. So the choice of well control certificate, and even the need for one, is up to the operator.
In checking the programs and execution thereof by the State Supervision of Mines(SSM), the SSM will for sure comment if the rig supervisors would not have a certificate, and can stop the operation on the grounds of the operator not being in a position to ensure that no damage will be done.