Last week, Gazprom International specialists underwent naval offshore facility and emergency training (BOSIET, Basic Offshore Safety and Induction and Emergency Training) at Rotterdam's specialised training centre.
The Dutch company Gazprom International Training B.V., a specialised structure within the body of the Gazprom International group of companies called upon to ensure and support the required level of qualifications for specialists in a range of areas, served as organiser of the courses based on international training organisation standards in the oil-and-gas producing industry (OPITO, Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organization).
In the course of three days, representatives from various structural sub-divisions of the company obtained the required knowledge and practical skills at the hands of experienced Dutch instructors in the areas of life-sustaining safety measures, emergency situation procedures during passage over water surfaces and marine vessel transportation, and in work on oil-and-gas producing platforms. The training course contained the following principal areas: fire-fighting and personal survival tactics; risk evaluation in emergency situations; survival at sea; rendering first aid; actions in case of helicopter submersion into water; safety and prevention of emergency situations.
Considering the unprecedented severe climactic conditions of the Northern Sea basin in which oil and gas workers of countries in this region must work, there is increased need to certify specialists for work in the corresponding infrastructures of these sites. The trainees working to obtain the required level of access diligently mastered survival techniques: they fought fires of various types, learned how to use special rescue equipment and individual means of life support, received practical skills in rendering early, paramedical first aid, learned how to leave a sinking helicopter, descend to the water in specialised rescue boats and rafts, and much more.
Participants in the training noted the high professional level of the staff of the STC-KNRM Offshore-Safety Training Center (the College of Marine Transport of the Netherland's Royal Rescue Society) on the basis of which the training took place, and expressed their hopes to further maintain the quality of the knowledge and skills they received in every possible way. At the end of the course, everyone was awarded a certificate confirming their work authorisation in the British, Dutch, Danish and Norwegian sectors of the Northern Sea.