MacGregor starts new training centre in Aberdeen

MacGregor has launched a new training centre in its Aberdeen office in the UK to deliver specialists skills and competencies to its engineers and customers.

MacGregor says that Aberdeen office is the leading launch and recovery service provider within its Global Lifecycle Support Division.

Central to the training centre has been the creation of a bespoke, real-time davit training rig, which replicates the operation of onboard work boat and lifeboat launch and recovery davit systems including towing boom operation.

By having the training centre, MacGregor says it will be able to offer highly-skilled personnel and world class service to its customers in the offshore industry with the focus on professional planned maintenance. This also supports the ongoing development and expansion of MacGregor’s planned maintenance programmes and provides an addition to the service portfolio.

The Aberdeen branch has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience training engineers, up to inspector level, and conducts more than 300 maintenance and inspection jobs on its own and third party davits in the North Sea every year, MacGregor said in the press release.

Lloyds Approved to LR IRZ17 for servicing and testing of lifeboats/launching appliances and on-load release gear, the Aberdeen operation supports MacGregor’s Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Unit in Kristiansand.

Also LRQA ISO9001-ISO4001 and LR URZ17 accredited for survey, servicing and testing of lifting appliances, MacGregor delivers a bespoke 24/7, full-maintenance agreement, which operates seamlessly with its customers through an integrated management system that provides predictive maintenance as well as continuous fleet uptime benefits.

The delivery of crew training is becoming an integral part of the company’s service portfolio and the creation of an in-house specialist centre will ensure consistent competency standards across the industry, the company explained.

The company delivers its crew training sessions from its operation in Peterseat Drive, Altens through a blend of technical theory and practical training. Certification is awarded once attendees pass a competency test and the training programmes are designed to be offered to groups of up to five crew members at a time.

MacGregor engineers will attend the centre from across the world to undertake the in-depth training and development programme, which is supported through the creation of a new building competence centre at the company’s manufacturing plant in Norway.

The high level of service training required to be a world-class specialist is key to the programme foundation, which can take three years to complete to ensure engineering meets the high level of standards expected, MacGregor said.

Highly experienced trainers

According to MacGregor, practical elements of the training will be undertaken by two of the industry’s most experienced engineers. Technical Davit Engineering and Inspector Training will be led by HSEQ Coordinator Kim Morgan. Morgan joined MacGregor in 2014 with more than 24 years’ experience in the oil & gas industry rising from Electrical Engineer to Project Management.

Practical Hydraulics Training will be delivered using the new training rig by Davie Johnson who has more than 20 years’ deck machinery industry experience.

Fault finding training will also be provided to help crew members rectify minor problems that may arise while at sea.

As a result, the Aberdeen centre has also been recognised within the MacGregor Group’s European network as a specialist service & training provider for launch and recovery systems.

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