The Marine Institute's Offshore Safety and Survival Centre (OSSC) provides hands-on lifeboat training to offshore oil and gas workers at the Holyrood Marine Base. The year-round training takes place in all types of weather and uses the actual lifeboats and launch systems that operators employ offshore.
In an ideal world, oil and gas workers who are faced with an emergency hundreds of kilometres offshore, can wait for a helicopter or supply vessel, but the OSSC prepares workers as if there is no help available. The training they receive in Holyrood ensures the workers know how to launch a lifeboat in harsh conditions. It also ensures that they know how to drive it in severe weather, retrieve people out of the water in high seas and bring the lifeboat back alongside the DAVIT launch and back up on the installation, be it a stationary platform, an FPSO or semi-submersible.