In October 2009 we carried out Confined Space training on Saipem 7000, the world’s second largest crane vessel.
Saipem is an Italian oil and gas industry contractor who owns Saipem 7000 which was located offshore at Stavanger, Norway, in October 2009. Before setting sale to work off the shores of Brazil, there was an urgent need to ensure staff on the vessel were competent to work in confined spaces in order to carry out essential maintenance on the journey to Brazil. It was a simple internet search that first brought Saipem and Safety Management (UK) together.
You would struggle to miss this ship on the horizon; it is some 200 metres long (equivalent to two football pitches) with a displacement of 172,000 tonnes. It functions as a multipurpose offshore oil platform installation vessel and the crane radius grants a lifting capability of 14,000 tonnes at 42 meters.
We ran a total of six confined space training courses for 38 delegates on-board the vessel, which was being readied for a long journey to Brazil at the time. Those attending the course ranged from the ship’s first mates, to engineers and safety riggers. The training itself looked at the practical applications of confined space entry and the very specific hazards that the oil industry faces when entering confined spaces.
Brian Gregory, Managing Director, said “It was a pleasure training the lads on the courses; they all got a huge amount from the training. This exercise underlines our flexibility when it comes to the delivery of our training courses.”
Manlio Lo Giudice, HSE Engineer for Saipem 7000, said “I would like to take this occasion to give Safety Management (UK) some very positive feedback on both the trainer, who was very professional and available, and on the structure of the course itself.”