The ballast control man has to ensure that the rig is stable and safe prior to drilling. He will be periodically expected to evaluate the stability of the rig and share reports with the managing team. He is usually based in the ballast control room where the relays that control the ballast valves are located.
Seawater into and out of the rig is controlled via these valves to manage the rig’s trim. Apart from this he is responsible for the drill water and drinking water on board the rig. He is also referred to as a watchstander.
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