Coming from the NE of Scotland myself, I have been impressed by how, in recent years, Montrose Port Authority (MPA) has emerged as a leading support and service hub for the North Sea energy industry.
Offering around 1,000 metres on both the north and south side of the harbour, the quayside provides a sheltered haven almost half a mile long. With water berths to a depth of 7.5m, open storage and over 40,000 sq metres of warehouse and office space, MPA has become the port of choice for key oil and gas suppliers and the growing offshore renewables and decommissioning sectors.
At the end of September 2018, MPA announced it had broadened its services to the north east energy industry by announcing its latest tenant, behavioural safety and culture change specialists, Ethos Empowerment.
Ethos has invested six figures in a new facility at the Port to deliver interactive emergency response training sessions. In addition, the company has launched its latest oil and gas process simulator which is used for both emergency response and control room operator coaching.
The unique simulator has been designed to play a fundamental role in offshore emergency response training. Aimed at increasing safety for personnel involved in demanding offshore operations, Ethos’ technology will position individuals on a realistic offshore platform and put them through various, realistic emergency situations.
The partnership will enable Montrose Port Authority and Ethos to broaden the scope of safety training that can be delivered throughout the north east, and beyond.
Nik Scott-Gray, chief executive at Montrose Port Authority, said: “In high hazard environments, such as those simulated by Ethos’ technology, safety is always the highest priority. Ethos’ services go beyond basic standard training; the team is focused on developing individuals’ current knowledge, fostering a directive form of leadership, which is imperative in any emergency situation. We’re delighted to welcome them to the Port.”