Subsea Training First for Hydratight

15 July 2009

Hydratight has launched a new City and Guilds-accredited range of subsea training courses, in mechanical joint integrity.

The courses, developed in direct response to feedback from customers, cover the use of hydraulic torque and tensioning equipment for the subsea sector and provide an insight into other Hydratight subsea integrity equipment such as flange pullers, nut splitters and bespoke equipment.

Maintenance and fault finding issues are also addressed, ensuring candidates have a clear practical understanding of the tools and equipment prior to mobilisation.

"Subsea joint integrity is a key issue for the industry: mobilisation and time frames are extremely critical. Downtime for equipment due to lack of training and safety considerations continue to add significant but unnecessary time, and consequently cost, to projects," said Gary Milne, Hydratight's technical training manager. "Subsea has traditionally suffered from a lack of attention when it comes to accredited training. These courses redress the balance."

The courses are part of Hydratight's commitment to improve the skills needed to reduce leakages on all assets within industry sectors, while ensuring a clear focus on the health and safety of all personnel using high pressure hydraulic torque and tensioning equipment.

To reduce risk it is essential for engineers, divers and operators to become totally familiar with all the equipment involved in critical integrity issues. Such courses delivered at the clients premises or Hydratight's training academy offer clients the opportunity to ensure the risk involved is kept to a minimum.

Hydratight also works with The Underwater Centre in Fort William to deliver integrity courses as part of the centre's diver training programme for those who want to use the equipment subsea instead of through topside simulation.

"Legislation requires such skills and City and Guilds accredited courses offer a platform to provide these courses globally, with industry best-practice provided by Hydratight and its team of qualified experienced training instructors. It's a winning combination, for all IMCA members," said Gary.

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