Maersk opens new state-of-the-art facility

The world's most advanced offshore simulation complex in Houston is part of the expansion of Maersk Training's business. It now carries out training in 10 global facilities and counts more than 100,000 man-days per year.

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Watch the official opening of the Maersk Training Centre in Houston 1:56

Maersk Training

  • Maersk Training started safety and technical training for the offshore industries in the late 1970s
  • It has grown from mainly providing training for companies in the Maersk Group to now serving many companies in the maritime, wind and oil and energy industries
  • It has more than 200 different courses, based on the conviction that training should be as close to real life as possible, and has invested heavily in building advanced simulators to provide realistic training.

The advanced simulation complex allows oil and gas companies to test planned operations in a life-like but safe simulated environment.

That means they can make sure that crew are optimally prepared before they engage in the actual operation, increasing safety, saving time and better preparing them to handle unexpected events.

"Our Houston simulation facility is a cornerstone of Maersk Training’s global growth strategy," says Maersk Training CEO Claus Bihl.

"We want to create a step-change in the level of competence in the oil and gas industry as well as in the way competence is developed and improved, by influencing how the industry works with safety and operational performance."

Expanding business
Good training and superior crew competence is becoming even more important as the oil and gas industry drills in ever harsher environments and deeper water.

Maersk Training is expanding as it hosts ever more employees of other companies, which trust it to give their staff the necessary skills, and has invested in building advanced simulators to provide realistic training and deliver more than textbook theory.

Countering in human factor elements
A large group of senior executives from major oil companies, offshore drilling contractors, maritime companies and service contractors attended the opening on Thursday.

Maersk Crane

We want to create a step-change in the level of competence in the oil and gas industry as well as in the way competence is developed and improved, by influencing how the industry works with safety and operational performance.

Claus Bihl

MAERSK TRAINING CEO CLAUS BIHL

"This facility represents an important investment in our people and in our future," says Gary Jones, head of BP’s Global Wells Organisation. "Our safety and operational performance depends on high-functioning, integrated teams. These programmes will continue to develop the talents of BP’s global offshore workforce and the contractors we work with as part of our commitment to safe and reliable operations."

The main focus at the centre will be on operational simulation and integrating human factors - including teamwork, procedural discipline, communication, decision-making and situational awareness – all with the aim to safeguard and improve safety and productivity.

"Maersk Training is aiming to raise the bar for safety and competence in offshore drilling and maritime operations with a strong focus on the human factor element alongside operational performance," Bihl says.

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CEO of Maersk Training on why it's crucial to be present in Houston 0:59
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The main focus at the centre will be on operational simulation and integrating human factors – all with the aim to safeguard and improve safety and productivity.