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O&G Industry Urged to Support Digital Skills

market from 3.7 percent to over 7 percent by 2035. The industry is currently developing a roadmap for Vision 2035.McDonald added: “The skills strategy that will emerge from the review is likely to include the development of new programs and courses involving input from employers, trade unions, governments, agencies, educational establishments and commercial training organizations. To make the most of energy transition opportunities, common standards will be needed across the energy sectors to create a more flexible workforce for the future.” 

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Heyman Joins Tymor Marine

Tymor Marine hired Matthew Heyman as Business Development Manager.   Heyman has more than 20 years maritime industry experience with companies including Wilhelmsen, Maersk and Stena, in the UK, Europe and Australasia. Tymor Marine is a UK- and USA-based independent marine and naval architectural consultancy with offices in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Lafayette.  Tymor delivers a range of design and analysis functions, such as vessel and rig stability and modifications, seafastening of cargo and equipment, subsea deployment analysis, mooring analysis and offshore equipment design and modification.

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KPI Bridge Oil Promotes Chambers to Marketing Manager

KPI Bridge Oil, a global trader and broker in marine fuels, marine lubricants and risk management products, has promoted Alysha Chambers from Group Marketing Coordinator to Group Marketing Manager.Chambers joined KPI Bridge Oil two years ago from a UK healthcare manufacturer where she was responsible for the company’s B2B and B2C marketing activities. Chambers has a MA degree from Kingston University, London in Marketing Communications & Advertising and a BA degree from Saint Leo University, USA in Communication Management.

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Action Must be Taken If We are to Address UK Seafarer Shortfall

 UK Chamber CEO Guy Platten has responded to the publication of the Department for Transport Seafarer Projections Review by calling on government to back its SMarT Plus proposal.   The Department for Transport has this week published a study to assess the UK supply and demand for trained seafarers to fulfill roles at sea and onshore over the coming decade.   The UK Seafarer Projections study identified a shortage of 3,000- 4,000 UK deck and engine officers, and 2,000 UK ratings by 2026. The report suggests that in order to avoid the shortfall the annual intake of UK officer trainees

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UK Hydrographic Office Appoints Makewell CTO

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) appointed Terry Makewell to the position of Chief Technology Officer.   Makewell has more than 20 years’ experience in leadership positions in government, academia and the creative industries, and will be instrumental in further developing the UKHO as a world-leading center in the marine domain. This will support the UKHO in delivering its vision of becoming the world-leading marine geospatial information agency and hydrographic office by 2020.   Makewell  joins the UKHO from the Office for National Statistics, where he held the role of Chief

Mott MacDonald Signs Up to The 5% Club

focused on creating career opportunities for apprentices and graduates in the United Kingdom. Members of the club commit to ensuring that at least 5% of their UK workforces are on a formalized apprentice, sponsored student and/or graduate program. With the growth in infrastructure investment, the UK Government’s National Infrastructure Plan for Skills has identified the need for more than 250,000 construction and over 150,000 engineering construction workers by 2020, driving a need to recruit and train nearly 100,000 additional workers by the end of the decade. The 5% Club is focused on creating

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UK Chamber of Shipping Lobbies for SMarT Plus

 The UK Chamber of Shipping has contacted over 800 parliamentary candidates from around the country, asking them to back its campaign for enhanced support for maritime training.   The proposal, called SMarT Plus, would see a doubling in government support to GBP 30 million a year. In return, many leading shipowners will increase the number of seafarers they train and guarantee them their first job.   The benefits of this would be significant: British seafarers are among the most productive workers in the UK economy, contributing GBP 17,500 per year more to UK GDP than the average

OPITO CEO John McDonald (Photo: OPITO)

O&G Market Study to Examine UKCS Skills

UK businesses will take part in the data gathering exercise. The review will assess the current number of jobs directly supporting the sector in the UK, identify common roles and categorise these into broad job families.   OPITO will work with the Scottish Government through SDS and with the UK Government through the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to ensure alignment with government objectives.   OPITO chief executive and Energy Jobs Taskforce member John McDonald said: “My discussions with industry stakeholders and within the Energy Jobs Taskforce

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Corbin Joins Sparrows Group as European Director

more than 20 years’ experience working in the oil and gas industry, has held several leadership positions including UK managing director for the subsea division of Aker Solutions and UK regional general manger for GE Oil & Gas.  Most recently, he was supply chain consultant to the UK Government’s regulatory body, the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) and contributed to Oil & Gas UK’s Efficiency Task Force. Corbin, who has been a board member of industry body Subsea UK since 2014, has also been supporting Scottish Enterprise’s ‘Grey Matters’ program in an

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UK Shipping Seeks to Double Seafarer Training Fund

 The UK Chamber of Shipping, with backing from 40 shipping companies, has this week written to the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, asking the Government to double the amount of funding available for seafarer training as soon as possible.    The letter was also sent to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond and the Minister of State, Department for Transport, John Hayes.    The UK Chamber, in conjunction with Nautilus International, has submitted a proposal for the Government's existing Support for Maritime Training (SMarT) scheme to be extended.

Dr. Stelios Kyriacou (Photo: De Nora)

Kyriacou to Lead De Nora's BWMS Unit

at Hatlapa Marine Equipment. Dr. Kyriacou has also leant his extensive expertise in ballast water and maritime issues to the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) Ballast Water Working Group, IMarEST Ballast Water Expert Group and to U.K. Government and European committees on maritime strategy, innovation and regulation.      

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How Can the Marine Industry Counteract Its Aging Workforce?

personnel who are in short supply: related shore-based roles in ports, engineering and development are similarly affected, partly because experienced shore-based positions depend on a supply of ex-seafarers, of whom there are now fewer as they are having to plug the skills gap themselves. A U.K. government report in 2011 predicted that the shortage of 1,100 ex seafarers would to rise to 1,600 by 2021.   This shortage of personnel is caused by a wide number of factors, including: A lack of awareness in the general population where regards seafarers: both in terms of the maritime industry

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UK Shipping Industry Broadly Welcomes Commons' Committee Report

The UK government’s new maritime strategy “poses the right questions” about the country's shipping industry but “does not yet provide compelling answers on a range of key points that will have a major impact on this valuable sector of our economy” according to Louise Ellman, chairman of the House of Commons Transport Select Committee. The report here is from shipping trade association 'Maritime London'. Ms Ellman’s remarks launched the publication of a review into the UK shipping industry which was undertaken after the government and industry entered into a

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O&G Seeks Clarity on New Skills Tax

The oil and gas industry, led by its skill organization OPITO, is calling for immediate clarity on how the money from the new tax, raised through the Apprenticeship Levy, will be redistributed.   OPITO is concerned that no decision has been made by the Scottish government on this, despite the UK government confirming the amount the Scottish government will receive and clarifying how the money will be spent in England.    John McDonald, UK managing director of OPITO, said, “The apprenticeship levy will be introduced on April 1, 2017. This is essentially a new skills tax to be collected

Subsea Industries Opens UK Office

and to provide color stability,” Woods said.   “The U.K. is one of the world’s leading investors in renewable energy, with wind power its second largest energy source. There are already more than 300 commercial wind farms in operation and this is set to increase now the UK government has given the go-ahead to the 300-turbine Hornsea project. All of these turbine towers would benefit immensely from the Ecolast coating.”   Woods began his marine coatings career 25years ago following a stint as an apprentice professional footballer playing for Fulham Football Club

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The Underwater Centre Under New Ownership

Centre, welcomed the move, saying, “The center is of crucial importance to the North Sea industry as one of only two centers in Europe which provides closed bell diver training – a skill set which is vital to the North Sea sector.“We are delighted that the industry and Scottish Government have collaborated to ensure the future of the center. This genuinely positive collaboration will help to increase the value we can offer our customers and the entire industry in the future.“As a not-for-profit company, any surplus will be reinvested in improving quality and maintaining high

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UK to Create Shipping Jobs through New SMarT+

 The UK shipping industry will create thousands of jobs for young people if Government increases funding for seafarer training, the UK Chamber of Shipping has said.   The industry trains around 800 new cadets each year, but this could increase to 1200 under a new industry proposal that would see shipowners commit to employing cadets after their training is completed.   Major employers including Shell and Carnival have already committed to the scheme.   The scheme, documented in a business case presented to the Department for Transport and developed by the UK Chamber of

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