“It's been a bad time for me I must admit, a horrendous time.” That’s how Tony*, a former drilling maintenance supervisor from Dundee, describes the impact this year has had on him as an offshore worker.
An Aberdeen-based healthcare business is among the first in the world to get its hands on the latest in Covid-19 testing technology from life sciences firm LumiraDx.
A “marked increase” has been noted in the number of workers going out to North Sea platforms, according to industry chiefs.
Nicola Sturgeon has admitted there is “a long way to go” before the standard of home testing for offshore workers meets expectations.
The risks of working in the offshore energy industry are well-documented – long hours, dangerous equipment, extreme weather and weeks away from family and friends. The results can be catastrophic, illustrated by the 2010 blowout on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, which killed 11 people and spilled millions of barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
A plane carrying 18 offshore workers made an emergency landing yesterday – after circling Aberdeen several times to burn off fuel.
A maritime trade union has claimed offshore workers could help plug a gap in coastal security staffing after a report claimed the UK border force was 'clearly under-resourced'.
The boss of industry body Oil and and Gas UK has moved to clarify comments she made to MPs after angry oil workers objected to her claiming they "get it" about why cost cutting measures are being taken by companies.
Offshore workers have banded together for a charity video single that could storm the charts to raise money for a Scottish cancer charity.
Oil companies must consider the effects of the oil downturn on the health and wellbeing of their workforce and work to support people through the most challenging period in a generation, a leading psychologist has warned.
Scores of offshore workers are among more than 22,000 applicants for just 100 train driver jobs across Scotland.
A preliminary report by the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) in Nigeria has found a fatal offshore helicopter crash may have been caused by a malfunction of one of the aircraft parts. The crash, which happened last month, caused the death of two crew members and four passengers on board. There had been 12 people on the helicopter when the incident happened.
Offshore workers have undergone a sizeable change in body shape and build over the past 30 years –partly due to “comfort eating”. Research by Robert Gordon University has concluded that offshore workers are an average 19% heavier than they were in 1985 – with significant growth in neck, chest, hip, waist and wrist sizes.
Safety remains an "absolute priority" one year on from the publication of a report addressing issues on offshore helicopter flights. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)'s CAT-1145 report was released on February 20, 2014 and listed 61 actions and recommendations aimed at addressing accident prevention for workers travelling offshore by helicopter. It comes one month after the CAA said there is still work to be done to improve flight safety.
Bond Offshore Helicopters said yesterday it had signed its fourth North Sea contract in as many months.
Bond Offshore Helicopters said yesterday it had won a £16million contract for work in the North Sea.
Aberdeen engineering services firm Aiken Group said yesterday it had won deals worth £9million over the last six months and hoped to add substantially to its workforce.
Helicopter operator Bristow said yesterday it had enjoyed a successful year after reporting a rise in turnover.
Aberdeen-based Mintra Training Portal said yesterday it had signed a string of contracts worth £8million in recent weeks.
UK Energy Minister John Hayes has praised good training and safety standards for averting a "disaster" after the helicopter ditching.
Offshore workers are "frustrated" at a lack of information on what caused a Super Puma helicopter to ditch in the North Sea, union officials said yesterday.
Petrofac said it had become the first North Sea oil and gas services provider to develop and introduce an e-learning training programme for offshore workers.
North-east marine and subsea services provider Geoships said yesterday it wanted to recruit 40 people after taking on a new vessel.
Describing how he wants to see his business performing this time next year, Malcolm Paine taps the table and murmurs "touch wood".
Skills, training and workforce safety are at the heart of the oil and gas industry, no matter which role you play or country you work in.