A2Sea crews are required not only to perform to high standards during a project, but also to have their professional qualifications in order before they even set foot on board. Many projects require additional qualifications, such as national certificates in safety, additional first aid or advanced crane operation. Whatever is needed, we make sure our crews either have or get the appropriate training.
We schedule management support courses for our officers, including conflict handling and situation-determined management, as well as more industry-specific things such as how to analyse seabed anomalies so jack-up legs won’t be lowered onto a power cable or unexploded bombs.
On top of that, we train our crews in our own maintenance and EIVA positioning systems.
A maritime approach to training
We are the only installer of offshore wind farms that takes a maritime approach to our business – and to our training. This means that all of our crews are STCW 95 certified – a basic requirement for working aboard an ocean-going vessel.
Today, wind turbine installation equipment is covered by a very different sets of rules and regulations. In the future, we expect to see a new set of regulations and an international standard specific to combined vessels and jack-ups. We want to lead the way in the support and development of this new standard so it helps make the operations of everyone in our industry as safe and efficient as possible.
Exclusive training programmes
Much of our crew training is exclusive to A2Sea. For example, we continuously run seminars such as “An Introduction to Jack-up Barge Foundations” led by Captain Chris Mallett, Marine Warranty Surveyer for the London Offshore Consultants (LOC). Focusing on things that can go wrong, and how to avoid them, the two-day course covered site investigations, geotechnical and risk assessment, and how to retract jack-up legs safely.