Maersk Training and Shell announce new offshore training partnership for the Gulf of Mexico

The Shell Robert Training and Conference Centre in Louisiana

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MAERSK Training has established a new partnership with The Shell Robert Training and Conference Centre in Louisiana.

The move will see the global safety specialists deliver enhanced training to the Gulf of Mexico offshore workforce. 

Partnering with Shell represents significant growth for Maersk Training in the Americas.

The company will deliver a full suite of safety, pool survival, well control, and process training in the region as it does across several of its international hubs.  

Matthew Roberts, Maersk Training’s operations manager said: “This facility takes us to a new level in what we can offer to the market.

“The Robert Centre has a proud history, and we look forward to building on that tradition. Our ambition is to integrate our high-end simulators with basic safety and survival training to create a truly holistic and fully integrated learning experience for our customers from beginning to end.

“In collaborating with Shell, we look forward to learning and developing future opportunities together.” 

As well as existing courses, Maersk Training will offer new IADC and IWCF well control training with planning for large-scale immersive simulator capabilities underway. Much of the work will focus on providing valuable ‘lessons learned’ information from both service company and operator arenas to create a higher standard of training across the industry. 

The agreement will also see Maersk Training assist in Shell’s global initiative of creating a Lifeboat Centre of Excellence for those working in the maritime, oil and gas and wind industries.   

Michael Marciante, operations manager at Shell Robert said: “We are excited to kick off our Lifeboat Centre of Excellence initiative with Maersk Training, as these skills are paramount to safely operating in the Gulf of Mexico.

“The lessons learned from physically launching and handling a survival craft at our centre far exceed what is capable on most platforms. Lifeboat safety training is absolutely crucial to the success of health and safety programmes.”  

The facility offers on-site lodging, allowing teams to safely quarantine while simultaneously performing essential on-site training while Covid-19 restrictions remain in place. 

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