PEM Offshore to launch new training centre in Nigeria

Kongsberg Offshore Vessel Simulator. (Image source: Kongsberg Maritime)Kongsberg Offshore Vessel Simulator. (Image source: Kongsberg Maritime)PEM Offshore has signed a multi-million dollar contract with Kongsberg Maritime for the supply of a full suite of offshore anchor handling, dynamic positioning (DP), power management and crane simulation systems

The new simulators will form the main infrastructure for an advanced offshore simulation training centre, which will be the first of its kind in Nigeria and West Africa.

The new training centre will be located in Lagos and support the training of local and foreign offshore personnel involved in offshore oil and gas operations.

The new centre will create new high-value employment opportunities in the region and serve the requirement for qualified marine personnel in what is a primary offshore supply hub for West Africa.

As part of the contract, Kongsberg Maritime will supply PEM Offshore, which also has operations in the US and Trinidad & Tobago, with simulation training technology identical to systems found on board many vessels.

Kongsberg will also ensure that the new training centre meets or exceeds industry standards.

The contract will see the delivery of both DP Class B and Class C simulation trainers. This will enable advanced dynamic positioning training, which will be certified in accordance with Nautical Institute (NI), Det Norsk Veritas (DNV) and International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) standards.

The PEM Offshore Training Centre will also be certified to DP Class A for use in sea-time reduction training. Time spent in simulator training significantly reduces the time required for live training at sea, enabling safer and more cost effective DP training.

PEM Offshore has also invested in a comprehensive range of technical and instructor programmes that will cover all aspects of the DP, Kongsberg offshore vessel simulator (KOVS), crane, bridge and power management simulators.

Kongsberg Offshore Vessel Simulator. (Image source: Kongsberg Maritime)Kongsberg Offshore Vessel Simulator. (Image source: Kongsberg Maritime)PEM Offshore has also invested in a five-year, long term system support programme which will enable it to adapt to any regulatory changes and incorporate the Kongsberg's latest developments.

"As the hub of Offshore activity in West Africa, Nigeria is a natural location for this facility," said PEM Offshore senior vice president, Philips E. Matthew.

"With Kongsberg at our side, we take great pride in announcing West Africa's first dedicated commercial offshore training facility and Kongsberg's visible commitment to supporting its customers operating in this important petroleum producing region."

Kongsberg Maritime Simulation Inc. president, Henry Tremblay added, "This is a strategic win for our company in what is one of the most active geographic areas for oil and gas exploration and production.

"This world-class training centre will be equipped with the latest available offshore simulation technology and provide PEM Offshore with the tools it needs to continue growing its expertise in maritime operations. We are very pleased to have been selected for this project."

PEM Offshore's new training centre is accepting course registrations now for training that will commence on January 20, 2014.

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