Manuals, books and classroom training sessions provide important knowledge but they do not offer adequate preparation for the challenges of offshore work which can include harsh environments, potential hazards and working under pressure. Fugro’s ROV training course has been developed to combine theory and practice, providing experience in real environments and teaching students how to respond safely in potential emergency situations.
All work is carried out to international standards, recognising industry best practice and adhering to safety procedures. At purposebuilt facilities in Abu Dhabi, over 25,000 square metres of yard space and adjacent quayside gives trainees unique contact with vessels, mobilisation activities and ROV maintenance.
With safety as a prime concern, all work flows have been integrated to ensure a safe and friendly environment. Guidance on mandatory rules is provided by the Fugro HSE team and all trainers and ROV supervisors are highly experienced, trained and qualified TAQA assessors.
Training features include a replica ROV control van fitted with a state-of-the-art ROV simulator; this is equipped with multimedia effects such as DP vessel engine sound, a full-function DP alarm console, hydrogen sulphide breathing apparatus for emergency evacuation and an intercom system interfaced with the vessel bridge to build relevant communication experience. A helmsman’s display allows trainees to navigate and fly the vehicle as per the survey navigation screen; there are even actors playing the role of client representative, setting specific tasks to simulate some of the typical real-life demands of the job.
Electronics, fibre optics and hydraulics are taught in dedicated workshops. Here trainees work on actual work class and visual inspection ROVs to master the techniques needed for maintenance and repairs.
After completion of survival training and obtaining relevant medical certifications, trainees are ready for a real-life assignment, during which all relevant offshore competencies are assessed.
Training staff, managers and supervisors undertake continuous assessment of trainees throughout the course. Evaluation of technical ability, as well as personal conduct, team participation and common sense, is aimed at identifying candidates who can readily work as part of a team and grow with the company. For the top performing students completing each of Fugro’s ROV training courses, a minimum three-year employment contract is attainable.
Fugro received over 1,000 applications in 2014 and conducted seven courses throughout the year.