Para-rescue pioneers who developed mobile offshore safety training for the oil and gas industry launch new advanced “Insitu” safety training system


Abu Dhabi, UAE – Rick Parish, founder and former chairman of Marine & Offshore Group (M&O Group) – the company that revolutionized mobile offshore safety training for the oil and gas industries in the 1990s – today announced that his company Aquarius Global has launched a new mobile safety training system that is expected to once again raise the standard and benchmark for offshore safety training globally.

Mobile Offshore Safety Training (MOST) – a subsidiary of Parish’s investment and holding company, Aquarius Global – has developed the “INSITU” system, which will once again redefine the nature of offshore safety training using the latest technologies and simulations with state-of-the-art equipment, advanced techniques and procedures, combined with world-class safety training instructions.

The new INSITU mobile safety training system prepares all personnel operating on oil rigs, oil rigs and oil decks for a wide range of emergency safety training at sea and ashore. Importantly, it also provides valuable safety training while personnel are transported between offshore and onshore installations, preparing for a range of emergency scenarios, ranging from helicopter ditching, sea survival mode, deployment and failure of emergency life rafts.

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The specialized modular training platform means that any configuration can be built to specific customer requirements, from a basic training facility to a more advanced complete option. Training plan forms can also include dedicated classrooms if needed with any combination of training scenarios provided according to OPITO (Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organization) standard.

The standard training center resource includes:

  • A 10-meter heated swimming pool equipped with a Helicopter Underwater Escape Training System (HUET) and a helicopter hoist simulator
  • Fully Enclosed Motorized Emergency Lifeboat Training Module (TEMPSC) including a separate pool with boarding platforms
  • Fire extinguisher and self-rescue module with smoking room
  • Equipment maintenance facilities
  • Swimming pool pumps, heaters and filtration equipment

The available options are

  • Smokehouse rescue module and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA)
  • Advanced firefighting module
  • Confined space training and rescue module
  • Helideck Emergency Response Module
  • Paramedic training module
  • Working at height module

INSITU’s modular system allows it to be assembled and disassembled for rapid deployment with specialist training teams anywhere in the world. The new system comes preloaded with over 200 safety training courses developed by one of the largest offshore training companies in the world. It can be delivered and operational in three months (subject to operational imperatives) anywhere in the world, unlike fixed-structure safety training centers which take an average of 24 months to develop and build. The modular system allows it to be fully scalable from a small three-module system to a more advanced 10-module option, meeting all emergency scenarios on an offshore oil rig or drilling rig .

Staff receive the highest standards of safety training from a team of highly experienced instructors with over 27 years of specialist expertise to become qualified to a global standard and, depending on customer requirements, to it is approved by OPITO.

Commenting on the new safety training system, Aquarius Global President Rick Parish said, “’Train, learn, repeat. Train, learn, repeat. These essential words can make all the difference in offshore safety training that could one day save many lives. The oil and gas industry, by its very nature, is extremely hazardous and hazardous as the working environment is a floating structure in the sea with explosive and flammable substances and pressurized machinery.

When a serious incident such as a fire, explosion or emergency occurs, the space in which to tackle that incident is also dynamic and rapidly changing. The safety training provided must reflect this dynamic and prepare the workforce for all eventualities and all outcomes.

The impact on human life and the environment resulting from an accident on an oil rig or a drilling rig also cannot be ignored. Just look back in history at incidents such as the Piper Alpha oil rig disaster in the North Sea which killed 167 people, the Alexander L Kielland disaster in the North Sea where the rig heeled over 30 degrees, eventually capsizing and of the 212 workers on board only 89 survived.

More recently, the Deepwater Horizon tragedy not only led to tragic loss of life, but was associated with one of the biggest environmental disasters of the past 50 years, costing more than $65 billion to clean up. This catastrophic accident had a significant impact on the lives of all people who lived on the shores of the gulf, not just those who worked in the energy sector.

Parish continued: “The M&O Group has played a central and leading role in the development of mobile offshore safety training systems over the past three decades in the oil and gas industry. These tragic events remind us of the vital need that all offshore personnel receive the highest standard of safety training with regular refresher programs.

“The new INSITU Safety Training System offers customers a truly versatile, scalable mobile safety training system for offshore safety training and rapid capability. It has been designed and engineered in the context of our 27 years of experience and in-depth knowledge of the oil and gas industry and as world-class safety training innovators and providers.Efficiency and effectiveness are at the forefront of everything we do.

The INSITU modular system can be deployed anywhere in the world and can be configured to a customer’s unique needs with a three month operational readiness timeframe. This significantly reduces capital costs, provides rapid staff training and allows the system to be moved to other sites around the world, providing a cost-effective mobile solution. We combine the latest in technology, safety and emergency training techniques with real-life simulations and world-class safety training instructors.

When Parish sold M&O Group to The Wood Group (Aberdeen, Scotland) for $25 million, it was then the second largest offshore safety training provider in the world with operations in 13 countries. It revolutionized the oil and gas industry by making safety training systems mobile and transportable, allowing the first “plug and play” systems to be quickly disassembled and loaded onto a helicopter to be transported anywhere in the world.

But what also makes Parish and its MOST team unique from other offshore safety training providers is the exceptional training delivered by their leadership staff of world-class instructors who are among the best in the world. Entrepreneur and veteran Parish, who has served in the Australian Special Forces and Australian Para-Rescue Services, has pooled his extensive military and para-rescue knowledge to develop a system that is portable and can be taught by a small but highly skilled and efficient two- to three-man team, with rapid deployment capability anywhere in the world. The model was based on the same special forces training principles.

Company directors completed their own HUET training in 1984. M&O began training on the original “orange two-seater” handheld HUET trainer in 1995, after recognizing that there was an unfilled void in the industry. Until now, all offshore safety training was conducted in Aberdeen, Scotland, and a few other major regional cities. On-site mobile training was an extremely attractive and sought-after solution for companies operating in remote areas of emerging markets.

The uniqueness of the 1st Generation HUET Trainers (Ditchers) meant that training could be carried out at both land and sea sites and was even installed and used in local swimming pools. It provided safe and extremely realistic helicopter evacuation training that would prepare oil and gas industry personnel to deal with any range of emergency scenarios.

M&O has single-handedly raised the standards and bar for safety training in the industry with this development. For the first time, it gave the oil and gas industry the ability to provide its workforce with high-quality, realistic, simulated training that was business-focused and ultimately would help save lives. M&O provided emergency training in locations that until then had not received any such ditch training before.

In 2000, this was followed by the development of the 2nd generation MOST variant, as the next phase of worldwide operations. This was to meet the growing demand for OPITO-approved training in emerging markets, training involved a higher number of students and more complex and advanced programs were sought by its customers. As part of these requirements, M&O then expanded its training center capacity by developing bespoke training centers in 13 countries.

Parish added: “When I started the M&O Group, we set out to pioneer the highest standards in offshore safety training for the oil and gas industry. I’m happy to say that 27 years later, we continue to set and shape the very high standards and excellence – not only in offshore safety training systems, but also onshore, under the leadership of our COO very experienced Mark Peck and his team.

“Our experience and reputation in this industry has been achieved by striving to achieve the highest standards of training and instruction of our crews using the latest para-rescue and safety training methods, supplemented by the latest technologies and simulation techniques.”


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Gerard Franklin Global Head of Public Relations and Communications Aquarius Global


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