Petans and Gardline joint venture brings step forward for realism in offshore renewables industry

The new training tower may be a landmark at Norwich, but another training initiative is taking shape in the east. Gardline subsidiary company Richards Drydock and Engineering are putting the finishing touches to a new replica offshore turbine transition piece (TP) which is to be installed for Offshore Turbine marine transfer training delivered by Petans and ECTS in Gt. Yarmouth.

Whilst transfer training is not a new concept, realism of training has been a big problem - where benign pool conditions are very different from the reality seen offshore.

The RYA approved East Coast Training Services based on Trinity Quay in Gt Yarmouth have an answer to this problem. Petans provide qualified instructors to train the ECTS delegates. After practicing in safe and secure conditions on the landward side of the TP, delegates will board a real transfer catamaran from the Gardline fleet.

This boat will access the river side of the new turbine in as realistic conditions as are possible. Under instructors guidance technicians and others will see hear and feel what it is really like to travel on and transfer from a vessel to an offshore turbine and vice versa.

All equipment and PPE will be as per the real offshore environment, but with safety paramount, delegates can train to be competent and confident.

In achieving this they know that when undertaking real transfers they will be as prepared as they can be.

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