Aberdeen NI conference to focus on safe and efficient marine operations
The challenges surrounding the delivery of safe and efficient marine operations throughout the offshore energy and maritime industries was the focus for a major conference which was held at the Aberdeen Beach Ballroom.
Measures to enhance safe operations, minimise costs and maximise economic control and loss prevention were examined during the event, organised by the leading global international representative body for maritime professionals, The Nautical Institute. The step change in competencies, efficient operations and appropriate manning required to achieve this wasl also discussed.
Aberdeen was chosen to host the AGM conference due to its role as the European operations centre for the oil and gas industry and the significant change occurring within the industry due to the lower for longer oil price environment.
Speakers at the event at Aberdeen’s Beach Ballroom, include Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK, and Senior Marine Executives from exploration and production companies, marine consultancies and training providers.
The programme includes examples of offshore ship operation incidents; addressing current levels of shipboard competency; how competency and human element factors can enhance economic and safe operation; Dynamic Positioning (DP) Officer competence; and the relationship between current certificates of competency and the requirements for the safe operation of modern vessels.
A selection of highly regarded expert speakers was encourage delegate participation in workshop sessions, which was attended by maritime professionals ranging from senior managers, sea staff, naval officers, lawyers, surveyors, port and harbour personnel, trainers and many others.
Conference organiser and past President of the Institute, Captain Robbie Middleton FNI, who sits on The Nautical Institute’s executive board, said: “There is a point in a recession when you need to take stock, consolidate and plan for the future. The time is therefore right for the oil and gas industry to reappraise culture change, proficiency and cost effective delivery of maritime operations to ensure that this vital element of offshore activity makes a positive contribution to the maximising economic recovery challenge around the globe.
“The Nautical Institute has a long-standing relationship with the industry, having developed the benchmark global Dynamic Positioning standards and accreditation programme at its request in the 1980s. By bringing international experts to the table in Aberdeen we now aim to help navigate a course to safe and efficient operations that are also economically sustainable.”
Gold level sponsors of The Nautical Institute’s AGM conference include Marex, Glasgow Maritime Academy, Aberdeen Harbour, Chevron, Swire Pacific Offshore, and City of Glasgow College.
The North of Scotland Branch of The Nautical Institute in Aberdeen has been selected to host the Institute’s prestigious Annual General Meeting.Following the AGM the delegates were welcomed to Aberdeen by the Lord Provost at a reception hosted by the City of Aberdeen.