Jon Hill* & Dr Trevor Dobbins**
* – Trident Marine & FRC International
** – STResearch & FRC International

Professional operations are reliant on competent crew with the appropriate capabilities and qualifications. Internationally recognised qualifications enhance operational effectiveness via improved interoperability between both individuals and agencies. The recognised qualification structure developed by FRC-INT, and internationally recognised by The Nautical Institute, supports this competence-based interoperability with basic competence/qualifications being the foundation for advanced skills with modularity providing the flexibility required. Included within these basic competences are the required Command & Control (C2) skills; e.g. DYnamic NAVigation (DYNAV). Examples of advanced modules include compliant / non-compliant boarding and mission planning developed with Trident Marine, and C2/navigation with an international team including STR et al. The maintenance of competence requires Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to facilitate and enhance an organisations resilience, part of which includes maintaining the crews health and safety. In HSB operations it is essential to deal with Whole Body Vibration (WBV), including legal compliance in the EU, and the required Health Surveillance (H-SURV), examples of which are being delivered to the industry sector by FRC-INT. Comprehensive / integrated training and support programmes enhance operation effectiveness and readiness, and help the crew to remain safe and healthy.