Breakthrough mooring schools expand into the UK

10th February 2014

Offshore service specialist Viking SeaTech has been successful in bringing its Mooring Schools scheme to the UK for the first time last week .

The Mooring Schools were spearheaded by the company’s employees in Perth, Australia, to help give clients a broader understanding of mooring systems and their importance during the planning and implementation of offshore drilling activities.

Viking SeaTech Australia staff  ran the five-hour course in The Marcliffe Hotel, Aberdeen, over two days.  The UK version of the school was quickly booked up, mirroring the recent well-attended Australian sessions.

The Mooring Schools scheme was the brainchild of Viking SeaTech Australia employees Jamie Lynch, Gopi Chillamcharla and Gavin Crossan. 

Business development manager Jamie (pictured second left ) said:  “We set up the schools after hearing feedback from our clients that they would like to gain a more rounded understanding of the mooring services Viking SeaTech can offer.  It was always our intention to grow the scheme overseas and we hope the success will be replicated in Aberdeen.

“During the sessions we give a brief introduction to Viking SeaTech before explaining in more depth our engineering services and our equipment and associated services.  We have also recently added a brief introduction to survey and positioning to the presentation. 

“It’s been really successful.  Our clients are very positive about the services we already provide to them and this is a great way to find out whether we have more we could be offering their business.”

The Mooring Schools are provided to customers free of charge.  They began in September last year and have attracted the attention of seven oil and gas operators working in Western Australia.  Course participants have included drilling engineers and superintendents, marine and logistics experts and graduate engineers.

Bill Bayliss, Group Chief Executive, said:  “We see this as one of the latest examples of Viking SeaTech positioning itself for innovation.  The preparation for the Mooring Schools was complex but we believe it is a strong product to complement our existing services.  We intend to roll these out in Norway and the Americas in the future.”

“The success of the Mooring Schools to date shows the innovation of our staff and we hope they can continue to build momentum.”