chief opens marine training centre
from The Press & Journal newspaper - 3/9/2002
|Transocean employees Ed Anderson, front,
and David Whittle, test out the firm's marine simulator
by Ian Forsyth
ONE of the world's most
advanced marine training centres was officialy opened in Aberdeen
yesterday by UK Offshore Operators' Association president Michel
Contie, of TotalFinaElf Exploration UK.
An investment of
more than £600,000 has been made by Transocean to develop
and install the first simulator of its kind for training marine
personnel who work on mobile offshore drilling rigs that the
company leases to oil and gas companies.
North Sea regional manager, Adrian Rose, said: "This superb
facility is the marine equivalent of the pilot simulators used
by the airline industry.
our goals are the same. We are training to achieve a safer and
more effective working environment.
is the only one in the world that combines marine and emergency
response simulations with the most realistic marine causes and
effects, from hurricanes to collisions."
The simulator is
also multi-functional in that it can reproduce the environment
of a jack-up rig and three classes of semi-submersible currently
Jim Finlay, Transoceans
North Sea regional training manager, said: "Trainees will
experience the combined pitch and roll of a vessel, as well
as jack-up 'punch-throughs' and collisions with external objects
such as ships or rocks.
"It is very
authentic, and can simulate inclination or wave motion on a
floating vessel or the jolts, shudders and lurches that may
occur in difficult or emergency situations on a jack-up through
explosion, structural failure or other catastrophe."
use the simulator to train its marine personnel from around
It expects that
around 300 of its people will benefit from the new simulator
in the first 12 months of operation.
Pisys, an Aberdeen-based
technical software company that specialises in emergency simulators,
developed the sophisticated software that underpins the system.