Specialist Subsea Training Course Debuts in Norway

An international training programme for engineers entering the subsea industry is to be held in Norway for the first time.

Published: 24 November 2008
The Subsea Systems Engineering Course ? already established in Houston and Aberdeen - will make its Norwegian debut in March 2009 in the latest move to help counter the global shortage of skilled subsea personnel.
 
The programme, organised by Subsea Engineering News (SEN) and Clarion Technical Services in association with the Norwegian Centre of Expertise Subsea, will be held at the First Hotel Marin in Bergen on 3 to 6 March.
 
SEN editor and course organiser Steve Sasanow said: ?The programme is now well established in the USA and Scotland ? where demand for routinely outstrips supply ? so we felt now was the right time to extend it into Norway.
 
?There is a burgeoning subsea market around the world, but there are concerns that its long-term growth will be constrained by the lack of experienced, skilled people. The course has been formulated precisely to help address those concerns.
 
?It is aimed at providing young engineers and other personnel - primarily those transferring engineering and project management disciplines from inside the offshore industry and from other industries - with a detailed insight into our sector, and helping them refine and hone their skills.?
 
The course, over three-and-a-half days, covers the key features of subsea systems and their host facilities and offers an expert overview of how the varied elements of a system interface with one another. It also includes a field development exercise and facility visits.
 
The lead lecturer is Bill Loth, who has over 30 years? experience with major operators, while there are also specialist lectures from representatives of Vetco Gray, MCS, Viper Subsea and Prospect.
Full details on the course, which has been run in Houston since 2003 and in Aberdeen since 2007, can be found at www.clarion.org.
 
Places on the Bergen course - at a cost of £2,000 per person, but with a 10% discount (£1,800) if your company is a member of NCE Subsea - will be limited and can be reserved by contacting Subsea Engineering News at sen@btinternet.com or +44 1242 574027 or by filling in the form that that can be found on the Clarion website.
 
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