Tanzania: Statoil launches safety training for fishermen

Statoil Tanzania yesterday launched a Safety of Life at Sea training for 100 fishermen in Mtwara with the aim to improve their knowledge on how to survive at the sea.

The training, sponsored by Statoil, also seeks to build awareness on the offshore oil and gas activities that are taking place deep sea, such that the fishermen have appropriate techniques and skills to ensure their safety and that of their fishing vessels while at sea.

The training is being conducted by the Dar es Salaam Maritime Institute (DMI). DMI develops marine expertise and produces competently trained and qualified maritime personnel for the Eastern Africa region and the world at large.

It has standards for construction, equipment and operations done at the sea as well as requirements for training and certification for all persons working at sea.

Statoil’s ambition is to maximise the value creation by contributing to local content, environmental awareness and capacity building through initiatives such as training of ‘Safety of Life at Sea’.

Speaking about the training, Statoil’s Safety Manager, Mr Pierre Marais said, “We are proud to sponsor this initiative to build awareness on the risks of working at sea and to equip trainees with the necessary safety skills to address hazardous situations.

The training will prepare participants with knowledge on sea survival, firefighting, first aid and health and safety.” Statoil places a strong emphasis on Safety and Sustainability in all of its operations across the world.

Statoil’s approach to safety means, “we will always ensure safe operations which protect people, the environment, communities and material assets. We believe that all accidents can be prevented.”

The firm operates the Exploration Licence on Block 2 on behalf of Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) and has a 65 per cent working interest.

ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Tanzania Limited hold the remaining 35 per cent. During the development phase after obtaining a Development Licence, TPDC has the right to participate by acquiring 10 per cent of the working interest from the Block 2 joint venture partners.

Statoil has been in Tanzania since 2007 after signing the Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) with the government of Tanzania.
Source: Daily News, reported from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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