Imagine being 160 miles offshore on the world’s deepest water, drilling and production platform. The platform is 75 stories tall and moored in 4,800 feet of water. You’re going about your normal work duties, readying pipe for the drilling crew, when an accident happens and you plunge 40 feet into the water.
It’s dusk, and your crew cannot see you. How do you survive until help arrives? How do you send a location signal as the waves carry you away from the platform? This is your worst nightmare, especially if you have not had the proper training.
For the past 10 years, the Center for Marine Training and Safety, a part of the Emergency Services Training Institute, has offered safety training to employees who work in the offshore industry. Recently, the Center played a key role in helping a group of ExxonMobil employees become better prepared to handle water emergencies on one of the world’s largest and deepest water platforms.
This training was instrumental in helping the customer, ExxonMobil’s Hoover Diana Project, receive the 2001 National Ocean Industries Association Safety at Seas Award, which is given to companies who have made the most important contribution to offshore safety. ExxonMobil recognized the Center for its efforts in helping them achieve the safety award.
From September 1999 to January 2000, the Center provided Sea Survival and Helicopter Egress training, as well as several classes in Fast Rescue Boat training, to over 400 employees reporting to work immediately on the platform. Today, ExxonMobil’s platform is producing 50,000 barrels of crude oil and 300 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. The Center continues to provide water survival and helicopter egress courses to smaller groups of new employees and various vendors servicing the ExxonMobil rig and many others throughout the world.