The Marine Institute of Memorial University has signed a $2.5
million agreement with Maersk Contractors Newfoundland Limited
to train operations personnel for the White Rose floating,
production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel.
MI will deliver its training program, specifically developed
for the 78 crew members who will work onboard the vessel,
beginning this fall.
Crew members will undertake a wide-range of courses in marine
safety, vessel operations, process simulation, maintenance,
and process operations to prepare for their roles onboard
the vessel. In total MI will deliver approximately 6,800 training
days at its St. John’s, Foxtrap and Southside Marine
Base campuses, through classroom demonstrations, practical
activities, in-water exercises and simulation scenarios.
The agreement represents a milestone for the Marine Institute,
as it will also be responsible for managing Maersk’s
training program. To prepare for this role the institute will
establish a training office specifically for the White Rose
program and hire a project manager and administrative staff
to direct activities with Maersk.
“There will be a phased approach to recruitment and
as operational personnel for the FPSO are required these positions
will be advertised,” said Ian Brough, project manager
with Maersk Contractors Newfoundland.
In the coming months the Marine Institute will be seeking
local public and private suppliers, through the expression
of interest process, to assist the institute in the development
and delivery of identified training courses.
“We believe this contract affirms our capability to
provide exceptional educational programs for the offshore
industry in this region,” said Leslie O’Reilly,
the Marine Institute’s executive director. “Our
experience, world-class facilities and instructional expertise
are the reasons MCNL has chosen to entrust such vital training
The training program is expected to be completed by the spring