A new marine training centre in the north-east of Scotland is the focus of a 10-year contract between Survival Craft Inspectorate (SCI) and Maersk Training.
The SCI Marine Training Academy at Stonehaven Harbour opened for business this summer following a £500,000 investment by the international provider of emergency marine evacuation systems.
The deal between Aberdeenshire-based SCI and Maersk Training, which could be worth more than £2m, was signed at Offshore Europe on Tuesday, September 3.
The agreement will see a wide range of Maersk Training programmes undertaken at the Academy over the next decade.
In the next year around 500 people will be trained there by Maersk Training, a global company involved in oil and gas, maritime and wind training.
Initially this would create four jobs as a result, along with opportunities for Scottish consultant trainers. However, activity is expected to double by 2015 and grow from there on.
SCI and Maersk Training intend to establish the facility as a world-leader in the training of coxswains and in the use of fast recue craft.
SCI managing director Angus Campbell said: “Maersk delegates will complement our own trainees coming from our existing and expanding client base.
“We’re delighted Maersk Training has chosen to utilise the outstanding facilities available at Stonehaven. We’ve developed an excellent relationship with Maersk Training, one that we aim to further develop.”
Maersk Training Aberdeen managing director Duncan Bonner added: “The agreement with SCI means we are now a one-stop emergency response business.
‘‘he contract is for a minimum of 10 years and reflects our confidence in the partnership we’ve built with SCI over the past two years.
“It’s also a boost to the Stonehaven area as a whole, with thousands of trainees using local accommodation, restaurants and facilities.
‘‘We have high hopes for this division.”