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Emergency Response Training and Services in UK Continental Shelf (UKCS)


A Norwegian drilling contractor seeking to begin operations in UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) for the first time. The company needed advice on regulatory requirements, relevant training courses, and the provision of emergency response services, to lend crucial onshore support to their rigs when operating in the UKCS.

Stirling Group offered a complete solution including gap analysis of emergency response documentation; Department of Environment & Climate Change (DECC) Oil Spill Response Training; bespoke client-focused training courses; and retained Emergency Response service support including an Incident Management Team, and Media and Relative Response Teams.

Stirling Group project included:

  • Review of Bridging Document, Emergency Response Plans and other key documentation to ensure alignment with UKCS requirements
  • Design and delivery of bespoke training courses for client Emergency Managers
  • Familiarisation visit to Norway to meet client teams and the Norwegian Emergency Response and visit a rig.
  • Provision of Incident Management Team personnel based in Aberdeen, to help support client response to incidents in the UKCS
  • Provision of a Relative Response Team to answer calls from those concerned in the event of an incident
  • Media Advisor to mobilise to IMC in the event of an incident, draft press releases and liaison with client’s corporate media provider
  • Assistance with the set up and running of Evacuee Reception Centre in Aberdeen, including trained personnel

We support around 20 clients in the North Sea with similar training and response service requirements, including major oil and gas operators, drilling companies and contractors.


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