Norway Ushers in New Specialist Subsea Training Course

An international training program for engineers entering the subsea industry is to be held in Norway for the first time.

The Subsea Systems Engineering Course, already established in Houston and Aberdeen, will make its Norwegian debut in March next year in the latest move to help counter the global shortage of skilled subsea personnel.

The program, organized by Subsea Engineering News (SEN) and Clarion Technical Services in association with the Norwegian Centre of Expertise Subsea, will be held at the First Hotel Marin in Bergen on March 3-6.

The announcement of the Norwegian program coincides with this week's ONS conference and exhibition in Stavanger.

SEN editor and course organizer, Steve Sasanow, said, "The program is now well established in the USA and Scotland – where demand for it routinely outstrips supply – so we felt now was the right time to extend it into Norway.

"There is a burgeoning subsea market around the world but there are concerns that its long-term growth will be constrained by the lack of experienced, skilled people. The course has been formulated precisely to help address those concerns.

"It is aimed at providing young engineers and other personnel -- primarily those transferring engineering and project management disciplines from inside the offshore industry and from other industries -- with a detailed insight into our sector, and helping them refine and hone their skills."

The course, over three-and-a-half days, covers the key features of subsea systems and their host facilities and offers an expert overview of the interlinked elements of a system. It also includes a field development exercise and facility visits.

The lead lecturer is Bill Loth, who has over 30 years' experience with major operators, while there are also specialist lectures from representatives of Vetco Gray, MCS, Viper Subsea and Prospect.

The program has been run in Houston since 2003 and in Aberdeen since 2007.