To obtain an NI Ballast Control Operators Certificate, the following elements must be completed:
The applicant must be able to show documented sea service on a relevant mobile offshore unit.
BCO logbook must be successfully completed and a signed confirmation letter from the master/OIM confirming the logbook entries.
The applicant must hold an STCW (white list) certificate of competency (COC) as recognised by the administration (IMO Res A.1079).
A lapsed operator who wishes to obtain a current BCO certificate must provide their previous proof of service as a BCO, including evidence of 180 days of sea service as a BCO or second BCO within the past 5 years, together with a company letter of confirmation from the owners of MODU. If he/she is unable to prove the required sea service, the NI will accept a statutory declaration of sea service, i.e. on the approved form signed in the presence of Justice of the Peace, lawyer, and solicitor.
Template of Ballast Control Operator confirmation letter: BCO Confirmation letter template