Oil spill expert takes training to the next level
Danish oil recovery solution manufacturer DESMI has obtained Nautical Institute accreditation for its oil spill training courses allowing it to become a ‘one-stop shop’ for its port customers around the world.
In many spheres of education, it’s enough for course instructors to have a theoretical understanding of the field. In oil spill response, however, DESMI isn’t taking chances, putting experienced operatives into its classrooms to ensure trainees make all the right moves.
“Nothing’s quite as informative or as memorable as having someone share real life experiences about what responding to an oil spill is really like – working to contain the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill, for example,” said DESMI’s Wayne O’Brien, Vice President of Sales at the company’s Asian-Pacific organisation. “And with something that is as important, as challenging and dynamic as a large oil spill, lessons learned in the classroom need to remain as sharp in participants’ minds as possible.”
An industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience, Mr O’Brien is keen to see oil spill response skills boosted, reducing risk to the environment and the impacts on communities affected as a result.
Mr O’Brien points to DESMI‘s newly accredited IMO OPRC training courses, led by instructors with lengthy, hands-on experience, as the best way to tick all the boxes. The accreditation, received in March this year, allows customers of DESMI’s oil spill response solutions to obtain fully compliant training directly from the manufacturer. And he sees many advantages in being a one-stop source of systems and know-how for the company’s customer base.
DESMI’s accredited training programme covers many different needs. In accordance with the accreditation, courses are conducted for operational staff, supervisors and senior managers, respectively.
Operational staff are instructed in understanding the weathering process of oil in the marine environment, how to select appropriate equipment, implement efficient and effective operations using different response strategies, and participate in oil spill response teams at the site.
Course participants at supervisory levels learn to safely and efficiently respond to oil spills, undertake initial risk assessments and initiate a response to a spill. The training also covers how to identify priorities for protection, determine the correct response strategy, identify the limitations of response options and equipment, and understand the needs of the media.
DESMI’s Odense office will initially remain the company’s primary centre for the delivery of training, but the intention is for the majority of training in future to be delivered to customers close to their areas of operation.