BP announced a five-year contract for Maersk Training to handle a significant part of BP’s offshore rig crew training. The training will take place at Maersk Training’s new state-of-the-art training centre in Houston, which is planned to be operational by end-2015.
“With our new centre, we can offer BP a virtual reality-environment where most of the simulators are interlinked allowing training of an entire offshore operation. We can hereby simulate what happens if an emergency takes place with extensive focus on human factors, communication and decision making along with training procedural discipline in well-specific environments,” says Maersk Training CEO Claus Bihl.
Benefitting from the scenario-based training at the centre is part of BP’s efforts to enhance their workers’ technical and non-technical skills.
“These programs are a step forward in the training and development of BP’s offshore personnel and of the many contractors who support our global offshore oil and gas operations,” said Gary Jones, head of BP’s Global Wells Organization. “We hope the entire offshore industry benefits from this important collaboration.
Industry scales up on competencies
The contract with BP comes shortly after Maersk Training announced another major contract in January, by which Maersk Training took over the responsibility for administration of all and delivery of certain training for a major offshore drilling contractor for a period of five years.
“Despite high focus on costs, the industry does not compromise on safety, and the companies continue to upscale competencies of their workforces with increased attention on the importance of operational performance improvement and overall quality and well-specific training,” says Claus Bihl.
Within the last three years, Maersk Training has doubled both its revenue and number of training centres, and now offer training locally at world class training facilities at ten of the global maritime and offshore production hubs in the world.