Maersk Training UK invests in Newcastle training centre refurbishment

Source: press release, 2 September 2021

Global Wind Organisation (GWO) accredited course
Global Wind Organisation (GWO) accredited course (photo: Maersk Training)

Maersk Training UK (MTUK) has launched its newly refurbished, state-of-the-art safety and survival centre following a GBP 60,000 investment.

The centre has been updated to reflect the changing needs of the industry as it looks to the future and the energy transition. The investment has allowed for the training facilities to be upgraded and strengthens the centre’s offshore safety offering to the north east of England workforce.

The installation of a new technical workshop means the centre can deliver courses on basic safety and technical training, as well as bespoke advanced technical training.

In addition, as the first training centre in the UK to be accredited by the Global Wind Organisation (GWO), the Newcastle site is uniquely placed to offer training to those involved in the Dogger Bank Wind Farm, the world’s largest offshore wind farm.

Offering all five modules of the GWO Basic Safety Training (BST) and the GWO Basic Safety Training Refresher (BSTR), MTUK has a bespoke hub rescue facility, which provides practical training for those required to access the hub and yaw sections of wind turbine generators (WTG) and how to rescue a casualty from these areas. The advanced rescue, utilising Open Water GWO Sea Survival courses, provides a realistic as possible experience for delegates.

The courses and facilities have all been developed to allow a straightforward transition between subjects to ensure that training at the centre helps to support companies in the current climate and for the future energy mix.

Callum Dewar, UK operations manager at MTUK says, “The refurbished Newcastle site recognises months of hard work and planning to ensure that we have an offering which reflects the ever-evolving energy sector. Working within an industry that aspires to be innovative and forward-thinking, we believe the changes made to the centre, adopts this thinking and provides our clients with the high-quality training and facilities they expect from us. Importantly, we wanted to embrace the opportunities which the energy transition creates, such as Dogger Bank, while not forgetting our historic relationship within oil and gas.”

MTUK has also invested in e-learning courses and has increased its digital offering. This includes the upgrade of its Training Management Service (TMS), which allows MTUK to offer an effective and safer solution for delegate training.

Dewar adds, “COVID-19 has seen changes across working patterns and the way people respond to technology as part of their everyday. The pandemic has accelerated our move into digital training, and as a result we have invested in the technology required to allow us to provide our services to companies digitally. The use of smart technology to manage training needs allows us to maintain strong partnerships with our clients and continue to offer them the five-star service we are known for.”

In addition to the upgrade of training facilities, MTUK’s Newcastle centre also includes a new commercial kitchen, with catering provided by UK catering firm, Entier and office space to accommodate theory-based learning and training.