BP Helps Open New Maersk Training Center in Houston

A new state-of-the art training center for offshore drilling crews was opened in Houston November 2015 under a global agreement between BP and Maersk Training.

“This facility represents an important investment in our people and in our future,” said Gary Jones, head of BP’s global wells organization. “Our safety and operational performance depends on high-functioning, integrated teams. These programs will continue to develop the talents of BP’s global offshore workforce and the contractors we work with as part of our commitment to safe and reliable operations.”

Jones and other BP leaders attended a ribbon cutting ceremony at the facility located near Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The day prior to the opening, regulators from the U.S. Coast Guard and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement toured the center.

The facility features highly interactive simulators replicating nearly every critical job on an offshore drilling rig.

BP will use the facility to train integrated offshore drilling teams – comprised of both BP employees and contractors – in what it calls an "immersive simulation environment."

The hands-on, scenario-based approach goes well beyond traditional classroom training. It allows teams to practice events and joint procedures together as an integrated unit, rather than as individual contributors. The center will aim to set new training standards and to improve safety and performance for the teams that go through the programs. 

Like similar BP training programs already underway at the existing Maersk Training facility in Svendborg, Denmark, courses at the Houston facility will incorporate human and organizational factors. Course instructors also will be able to assess personnel under intense virtual reality – and to levels that exceed industry standards.

Maersk and BP officials said that they hope the training center will be used by many other operators and drilling contractors. 

During the opening ceremony Jones said, “I hope you all look back to this day when we lifted the safety of the whole industry.”