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Union warns possible strike action by North Sea oil contractors

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Offshore contractors are to be balloted on possible industrial action in a row over changes to working conditions. Unite members of the Offshore Contractor Association (OCA) failed to agree with employers on proposals to alter shift patterns and cut pensions. Several oil and gas firms operating in the North Sea have announced plans to axe jobs and reduce salaries. Unite said "knee...

Bilfinger Salamis fined £100,000 after death of offshore worker

Bilfinger Salamis

Bilfinger Salamis UK Ltd have been fined for serious safety failings following an incident in which a rope access worker died after plunging 23 metres from a platform into the sea. Lee Bertram, then 37, from Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, was working for Bilfinger Salamis UK Limited on a Shells Brent Charlie platform in the North Sea when the incident happened...

Experts warn that 35,000 Offshore workers Jobs could be lost in the next five years.


North Sea oil and gas could lose up to 35,000 jobs in the next five years, industry experts have warned. A recent report by EY, the financial consultants, was commissioned by Oil & Gas UK, Opito, the safety body, and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has said that employment in the North Sea oil and gas sector is set to fall...

UPDATE: Offshore North Sea worker who died is named by police

Offshore Death

A worker who died on an offshore oil platform in the North Sea has been named by police. Sean Anderson, 43, from the Tyne and Wear area has been named by police as the scaffolder who died . The Cape employee died after falling from BP's Unity platform at around 4am on Thursday (4th Sep) The man was part of a team...

North Sea Worker Falls To His Death Offshore

A worker has died on an offshore oil platform in the North Sea. A Cape employee has died after falling from BP's Unity platform at around 4am this morning (4th Sep) The man was part of a team carrying out routine maintenance on BP's Unity platform when the incident happened. Few details of the incident are known at this stage, but Cape...

AGC wins $155M Offshore Scaffolding Contract for Australian LNG Project

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A maintenance services company has won a major contract to supply and install scaffolding to the Western Australian (LNG) Ichthys Project. Australia-based maintenance services company AGC, has reported that its subsidiary company MAS Australasia Pty Ltd (MAS), has been awarded a $155 million (AUD 174 million) scaffolding works contract for the Inpex-operated Ichthys LNG Project in the Browse Basin off Western...

Stork Technical Services Sells Its Subsea Division To N-Sea Group

Stork Technical Services

Offshore firm Stork Technical Services have announced the sale of its Subsea division to N-Sea Group for a undisclosed sum. Stork,a global offshore subsea contractor to the oil & gas, power and chemical industries, announced it has reached an agreement to sell its Subsea division to Netherlands-based N-Sea Group. Stork said  its selling its Subsea division following a strategic review of its core business offering...

EWEA welcomes JECS Access into the Association

  JECS Access Limited`s offshore division which operates its business activities across Europe from its offices in the United Kingdom & Germany has been accepted into the European Wind Energy Association after the EWEA`s membership board met and approved the companies application. JECS Access provides its services of Offshore Scaffolding Access, Encapsulated Access & Encapsulated Enclosures to the offshore wind industry...

Cape announce recruitment drive for offshore scaffolders

Cape today announced a large recruitment drive for a new £multi-million high profile North Sea offshore maintenance project. The news was announced this morning on Cape's onshore recruitment Facebook page. They are looking to fill among others, 104 offshore scaffolding positions and 72 painters/blasters. Cape said this work will start to mobilise as early as March and will last through...

Offshore Scaffolding Safety Alert Issued In Australia

The NOPSEMA (National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority) has issued a safety alert after the investigation found a list of failures after a major scaffolding incident on-board an offshore platform in Australia What Happened? A scaffolder was dismantling a scaffold structure outboard of an offshore platform at a height of approximately 15 metres above the sea when a vertical scaffolding tube (a ‘dropper’) that was supporting...


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