The American Petroleum Institute (API) has published the 1st Edition of Recommended Practice (RP) 2D-2 – a document focused solely on training the offshore crane riggers, operators and inspectors vital to the industry.

The new standard also sets new standards for the training of pillar cranes, which are essential for their safe operation. Previously the training was based on a section of the API Spec 2D standard, while the new RP 2D-2 is a special training standard that, along with separately updated editions of API Spec 2D, Operation and Maintenance of Offshore Cranes and Spec. 2C, Offshore Pedestal Mounted Cranes is issued.

Why an independent training standard?

The main reason for creating an independent training standard is the increased number of training goals that have arisen since the previous editions of the 2D standard. As the industry learned more and made advances in the safe use of offshore cranes, the need for training increased significantly. Given the importance of these training requirements, it became clear that a stand-alone document with an exclusive focus on training was warranted.

The main reason for this increase in training goals is to include more practical application information. This addition helps provide practical and useful information to ensure that crane personnel are equipped with the knowledge and skills to perform their jobs safely and effectively in the field. The 1st edition of RP 2D-2 improves the robustness of previous training courses to increase the competence and understanding of safety protocols, while also clarifying the expectations and requirements for obtaining certifications for offshore crane operators, maintenance and inspection.

As part of API’s commitment to human resource development across the industry, API now offers training courses for offshore pedestal cranes. The additional practical application information in the new RP 2D-2 and the associated training courses add rigor to the training and at the same time improve the results for the training participants and the industry as a whole.

The importance of cranes on offshore systems

Cranes are a necessary part of all floating and fixed platform drilling rigs, offshore production facilities, and deep-sea construction vessels. The dismantling of decommissioned offshore systems also depends on these heavy-duty equipment.

Without these machines, living and working on an offshore oil or natural gas platform would be almost impossible. Platform workers would not be able to perform vital duties including safety activities, obtaining food, medication, communication hardware, and anything else required to sustain life at sea for months.

This means that the RP 2D-2 training is extremely valuable when it comes to supporting offshore workers and their vital work. The safe operation of these cranes increases the general occupational safety of a plant and at the same time increases environmental protection and sustainability.

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