Maersk Training, part of the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group, has invested £500,000 to expand its training offering in Aberdeen. Building on the success that the training centre has seen over the last 18 months, with unprecedented numbers of delegates being trained every month in offshore survival and major emergency management, the company is now adding fire team and boat training to its portfolio of courses, on its way to becoming the one-stop preferred training partner for energy companies in the North East.
At the existing facility in Portlethen , a major expansion has seen the addition of new classrooms and related facilities and the upgrade of the fire ground, which now includes a multi-storey training module. Fire team courses will be delivered by a team of qualified fire fighters, each of whom has had hands-on experience of real life rescues. Cumulatively, the instructors have over 100 years of emergency response experience between them.
A few minutes further down the road in Stonehaven, a partnership has been established with the Maritime Rescue Institute (MRI) to deliver boat training. MRI’s facilities have been enhanced and new life boats and fast rescue crafts have been procured. Maersk Training is very proud for its contribution in securing additional income that will ultimately support MRI’s charitable work.
8 new jobs have been created over the past few months to support these growth plans, in addition to the 15 staff and contractors that were already employed, and Maersk Training expects to take on a further 10 people in the next 12 months as the centre grows and more courses are added to the calendar.
The occasion was marked with a special event on Monday 18th June, which was hailed as a great success. Over 100 representatives from client organizations and other industry leaders attended the event, with Oil & Gas UK’s CEO Malcolm Webb doing the honours and officially opening the new facility.
Duncan Bonner, Managing Director, Maersk Training UK, says: “We have now entered phase 2 of our growth. After having firmly established ourselves in offshore survival training and getting a significant share of the market, we are now looking forward to even more companies using our facility, conveniently located within minutes of the city centre. People don’t need to drive for an hour to attend a fire training course any more.”
Source: Maersk Training