Author: Kerri Griffith, Training Assistant, Curriculum Development and Training Department
Atiba Campbell, a Marine Engineer, is a past student of Caribbean Fisheries Training and Development Institute where he successfully completed Proficiency in Survival Craft, Advanced Fire Fighting and Ratings Forming Part of an Engineering Watch. These have helped him progress to his position of Engineer Officer of Watch – EOOW 3/1 also known as Third Engineer.
Atiba has 17 years experience in the Maritime Industry and currently works on Drillships and Anchor Handling Tug Supply Vessels. A Drillship is drills for oil and gas in various parts of the world. Anchor Handling Tug Supply Vessels are for rigs that do not have self propulsion, therefore, these vessels are responsible for towing rigs and transporting supplies to and from the rig. Mr Campbell has worked for companies such as Marine Utilities Services Limited, Gulf Mark, Petro Saudi and Oldendorff.
Atiba started his career as an Oiler Class 4 where he was responsible for engine room maintenance via cleaning and assisting the engineering officer. After two years offshore sea time (equivalent to one year in international waters) he upgraded to Class 3 an Experienced Oiler. After 18 months seatime, he was permitted to upgrade to Category 2 known as Motorman who ensures machinery such as pumps and generators are serviced, lubricated, fully operational and that any anomalies are to be reported to the Engineers. After 24 months of seatime as a Category 2 he then progressed to Category 1 also known as Fourth Engineer. Fourth Engineer also known as a Junior Engineer is assigned a team and these persons are responsible for undertaking specific tasks. After 18 months as a Fourth Engineer he then progressed to Third Engineer 3/1
As a Third Engineer he is currently responsible for overseeing the Night Shift on the Vessel. Atiba typically runs 12hr shifts, however this is extended depending upon the work being undertaken or in the event of emergencies. In this role, he and his team are responsible for all machinery including the sewage plant and also the pumping and receiving of cement, mud and barite. He and his team also keep logs such as generator temperatures and frequencies to ensure that the vessel does not suffer a blackout or shut down. Atiba’s next steps are Second Engineer 2/1 followed by Chief Engineer.