FING in the Arctic context

FING project partners met this August to discuss projects activities and respective outcomes. This time the meeting was in Svalbard as attention is now strengthening its focus on Arctic issues. The partners are looking at new vocational training and education opportunities that will meet current needs within this particularly demanding region.

There was an opportunity also to meet with representatives from the University Centre at Svalbard (UNIS), http://www.unis.no/.

Here is a report summarizing all project activities until August 2016.


Train the Trainers Program: Crane & Slinging: Auditing, Quality Assessment and QHSE Procedures

Project FING is holding its third round in Train the Trainers in Crane & Slinging. In the second week of May 2016, instructors who have already received training and certification will meet for follow-up training within auditing, quality assessment and QHSE procedures. Participants are from Greenland, Iceland and Faroe Islands; and providing the training is Inge Rune Bøe from SOTS Course Centre in Norway.

The activities and aims of this program include the following:

  • How courses (training) are performed in accordance with own procedures.
  • How is quality assured trainer/teacher - checkout system.
  • What and how are the course materials, lesson referrals, etc.
  • Demonstration of deviation system.
  • Demonstrating own quality assurance system KS.
  • Review of risk analysis.
  • How learners are assessed.
  • How examination papers are reviewed.
  • Demonstration of teaching in classrooms - possibly practical.
  • Revision of certified equipment.

NORA – Nordic Atlantic Cooperation has sponsored these activities.


Rigging training started in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands

This December, project partner Vinnuháskúlanum in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands started a course in Rigging which holds approval based on NORSOK standards. The two instructors Pole Hansen and Frífinn Nolsøe had participated in two Train the Trainers programs held earlier in Stavanger at SOTS Course Center and received full certification earlier this year. The eleven aspiring cadets at Vinnuháskúlanum are:

  • Dan Bláberg
  • Eli Johannesen
  • Jóhannes Weihe
  • Rógvi Helgi Skaalum
  • Christian Suni Aakjær
  • Hans Jákup Davidsen
  • Jóhan Kristensen
  • Jóhan Snæbjørn Skoubo Bærendsen
  • Regin Ejdesgaard
  • Steingrímur Ranghamar Hansen
  • Teitur Vinjardsson Guttesen

Click here for further information: http://portal.fo/.

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A training program in Rigging was also started at Greenland School of Minerals and Petroleum in October 2015.


FING partners hold seminar in Porto

FING partners had their annual meeting in Porto, Portugal to discuss project status and future activities.

FING project representatives were Benedikt Barðason (Akureyri Comprehensive College (VMA), Iceland), Hans Hinrichsen (Greenland School of Mineral and Petroleum), Wilhelm Petersen (Vinnuháskúlin Centre of Maritime Studies and Engineering, Faroe Islands) as well as Øystein Førsvoll and Stella Aguirre (Stavanger Offshore Technical College, Norway).

Some optimistic news is that two FING Train the Trainers programs in Rigging/Slinging and Crane Operations have had direct positive outcomes. Greenland is now running a rigging course based on NORSOK standards and is soon to be followed by the Faroe Islands. The training programs had taken place in Stavanger where 6 trainers (two from Greenland, two from Iceland and two from the Faroe Islands) received training and full certification after the final exams. This program has been funded by NORA.

FING partners reviewed needs in skills and competences development at local levels and hope to initiate a second round of Train the Trainers, this time within hydraulics. It is hoped that this training will cover a wider scope of skills development required at various sectors of industry from Oil & Gas, to maritime, mining and shipping.

The trip to the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Porto (FEUP) was comprehensive as various departments were visited. FING partners were very well received and had an opportunity to meet with in-house researchers as well as teaching staff. All were able to see first-hand the modern facilities on campus. The potential for future collaboration and cooperation among institutions was also on the agenda. This covered the possibility for staff/student mobility and the opportunity for knowledge transfer and exchange within such specialized areas as Oil & Gas as well as mining. Interest was also shown in methods of the various alternatives of sustainable energies and how future cooperation could bring benefits to respective nations.

On the Friday, FING partners held a seminar for an audience of around 80-90 persons with the following items:

  • Working in the International Offshore Oil & Gas Industry – Project FING (Stella Aguirre),
  • HSE (Health, Safety & Environment) for onshore/offshore personnel (Øystein Førsvoll),
  • Electrical Studies at Verkmenntaskólinn á Akureyri, Iceland (Benedikt Barðason),
  • Greenland: Oil activities & capacity building for the growing mining industry (Hans Hinrichsen),
  • Use of Bridge - and Engine Room Simulations at Vinnuháskúlin (Wilhelm Petersen).

There was a question and answer session at the end allowing for an stimulating exchange between presenters and audience. It was positive to see interest shown in the different issues covered, and there was also an opportunity for cultural exchange.

From the outset, Project FING has been interdisciplinary in nature looking to combine areas of education and training which had not wholly been contemplated as possible areas of curricular development. Emphasis has been placed on giving prominence to education and training in current and future regional concerns that promote the acquisition of key competences.

Project FING hope to secure continued activities and extend collaboration with other institutions in order to:

  • further strengthen and develop cooperation among nations and peoples,
  • exchange knowledge and further new skills and competencies that will empower local economies,
  • extend the scope of vocational training and educational programs currently available,
  • contribute towards economic prosperity and independence of nations and peoples,
  • advance autonomy and empower individuals with new opportunities in education, training and employability within specialized fields in their own regions,
  • encourage flow and exchange of trainees, students and staff,
  • further perspectives of lifelong learning,
  • promote national languages and foster cultural understanding.

Given the broad spectrum of this venture, the involvement of other sectors will play a pivotal role in determining its outcome; in terms of funding, accessibility, and training, among others.

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FING seminar

This coming 5th and 6th of November, FING partners in collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto will hold a seminar within FING project activities. FING partners will be presenting varied topics related to the approach their respective institutions have in regards the Oil & Gas industry. Many of the specialized skills and competences needed in the O&G industry are extendable into other industries such as mining, maritime, and renewable energies, among others.

Project FING endorses all initiatives that encourage exchange with other institutions that will lead to opportunities in expanding experiences, knowledge and competences.

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Positive outcome from FING Train the Trainers

Greenland School of Minerals and Petroleum have now done its first rigging course by NORSOK standard and will two more courses this year. Equipment for the rigging course was sponsored by Cairn Energy, and the instructor training for staff at G.S.M.P. was taken care of by the FING collaboration with a “train the trainer” course in Norway.

The eight students, who all pass the final test, have all a background within mining and will take these skills into the growing mining industry in Greenland. G.S.M.P. is proud of being part of the FING collaboration, as it for the school gives possibility to educate Greenlanders by an international standard.

Article written by Hans Hinrichsen (General Manager at Greenland School of Minerals and Petroleum)


FING train the trainers

FING Project is proud to announce that six participants in FING Train-the-Trainers’ program have now obtained Rigger and Operator certificates in accordance with Norwegian Standards. They are now fully qualified to provide instruction within:

  • Crane G4
  • Rigging: O-1.1 (lifting gears); O-2.2 (fall protection equipment, wall crane, hoist and winches) and O-3.2 (rigging)

Congratulations are extended to:

  • Poli Hansen and Frífinn Nolsøe from Vinnuháskúlin Centre of Maritime Studies and Engineering in the Faroe Islands
  • Vilhjálmur G. Kristjánsson and Jóhann Björgvinsson from Akureyri Comprehensive College (VMA) in Iceland
  • Per Jørgensen and Curtis Chapman from the Greenland School of Minerals and Petroleum in Greenland

FING partners would also like to extend thanks to the project sponsors who have made this possible: NORA and Nordplus.


FING Train-the-Trainers

In week 6, SOTS Course Centre is holding training in Crane and Rigging for 6 FING participants from Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. This is a continuation of the training program in project FING to secure local instructors with the skills and competences in these areas. FING hopes that this training will contribute to increased safety for personnel working both offshore and onshore in the different industrial sectors.

Some safety tips in crane:

  • Do not lift people and never ride the hoisting load.
  • Do not lift load over people. No one shall be under the hoisting load.
  • Make sure the sling is well balanced. Avoid tip loading, and loading on hook latch.
  • Never lift the load over the rated capacity.
  • Do not operate with kinked, twisted or damaged chain.
  • Avoid side pull or end pull, and quick reversal operations.
  • Never leave the suspended load unattended.
  • Make sure you take up slack slowly.

Some indications for safe procedures in rigging:

  • Loads should be well secured.
  • Slings should be adequate to the task.
  • Slings should be unkinked and load balanced and secured.
  • No sudden stops.
  • No obstructions while lifting or traveling.
  • No loose items on load or crane before lift.
  • Bumping into runway stops is prohibited.
  • Hoist line must be vertical prior to the lift (remove slack in the hoist slowly).
  • No crane load should pass overhead of personnel, clear the area before making the lift.
  • No one is to ride the crane without permission.


Project meeting in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands

One of the main aims of project FING is to facilitate access to knowledge about the Oil & Gas industry to local populations of partner nations.

The project has already held some activities to further this network within training and education for the industry. On Tuesday, 2nd September, a seminar was held at partner school Vinnuháskúlin, in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands.

The seminar entitled HSE for the Oil & Gas Industry was held free of charge as a means to promote interest in and raise awareness of the importance of safety in the workplace. There was a positive attendance with 81 people in total taking part in the proceedings. The seminar was given by HSE specialist Øystein Førsvoll.

FING has already held other initiatives to further its endeavour to build up a network within education and training for the oil & gas industry among partner nations: Faroe Islands, Iceland, Norway and Greenland. This past May 2014, two instructors from each partner institution received training in crane and slinging, and are looking to receive final certification.

25 August 2014

Project partners meet in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands

This coming 1 and 2 September 2014, FING partners will meet up in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands to discuss project activities and to hold seminars related to the Oil & Gas industry. These activities will be taking place at Vinnuháskulin Centre of Maritime Studies and Engineering.

The following seminar is open to the public and is FREE of charge: “HSE in the Oil & Gas Industry”: Tuesday, 2nd September (09:00-11:00). Anyone interested is welcome to attend.

For further information, please contact Stella Aguirre sa@sots.no.

7 May 2014

Train-the-Trainers Course in Crane starts at SOTS Course Centre

From 5th to 9th May, participants from the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Greenland are taking part in a training program in Crane and Lifting operations at SOTS Course Centre in Stavanger, Norway.

Participants are instructors or teachers in other specialist areas back at their respective institutions:

  • Poli Hansen and Frífinn Nolsøe from Vinnuháskúlin Centre of Maritime Studies and Engineering in Tórshavn are Fire Fighting and Safety Instructors.
  • Jóhann Björgvinsson is a teacher of machinery and Vilhjálmur Kristjánsson is a teacher of machinery in the Department of Maritime Engineering at Akureyri Comprehensive College in Iceland.
  • Per Jørgensen is an Instructor and Curtis Chapman is an Instructor in Diamond Core Drilling and Geology subjects at Greenland School of Minerals and Petroleum.

Head of the Crane Division at SOTS Course Centre is giving the training this week. The aim of this course is eventually to build up equivalent training programs in Crane and Lifting at their respective institutions that can best meet the needs of the Oil & Gas industry both offshore and onshore.

Train-the-Trainers programs are an important part of Project FING. These programs will:

  • place partners, who are new to the oil and gas industry, on an equal level of competitivity in the international market when it comes to their capacity to offer training and education in related specialized areas;
  • provide industry specific knowledge, skills, learning opportunities and tools that develop qualified skilled labour for the local or neighbouring oil and gas industry;
  • permit not only opportunities for staff development by taking specialized courses, training and education (short and long term) within the areas of oil and gas; but also develop competencies and skills among the younger generations allowing them the opportunity of wider employment opportunities;
  • ensure that environmental concerns are respected and that safety guidelines are adhered to;
  • to establish sets of regulations, procedures and norms that are relevant and fundamental to ensuring that the oil and gas industry develops in a transparent, balanced and fair manner.

17 February 2014

FING partners met to discuss current status of project activities and plan upcoming project events.

In the course of this year FING will be hosting webinars related to the Oil & Gas industry which will address specific issues related to land based operations during the exploration phase, such as: requirements related to Health, Safety and Environment issues as well as how to handle offshore activity onshore, for instance in what pertains to work at harbours.

A further area of interest is to look at what kind of tools, equipment and facilities are needed onshore when it comes to providing maintenance services for the industry. The partners also planned for a first group to start on a Train-the-Trainers program to commence this Spring. This program will have a first component that will be online (distance-learning) and the second will be to receive practical training in Crane and Lifting, delivered in Stavanger.

5 January 2014

The FING seminar “Training and Education in Oil & Gas for the Arctic Region” in Sisimiut this past 10th and 11th December was considered fruitful by all those who took part. The proceedings were broadcast live from Sisimiut to viewers in Akureyri, Torshavn and Stavanger.

Petroleum Engineer Børge Harestad and Geologist Anna Marita Braaten from Stavanger Offshore Technical College gave the presentations which covered topics specific to activities of the Oil & Gas industry in the Arctic region. One of the topics under discussion was the challenges ahead for oil & gas resources in the Arctic. Among those concerns are such issues as:

  • How to carry out safe and sustainable operations;
  • Identification of oil spill challenges;
  • Concerns over the environment;
  • Safeguarding local economies such as those of fishing and tourism;
  • Empowering local communities with needed skills and competencies to secure employability, among others.

Besides the concern to build up a competitive local skilled workforce, there is also an interest to craft appropriate policies for locals to play a more meaningful role in the oil and gas sector. FING looks to have partners collaborate and share knowledge and experiences in the implementation of local content policies and laws. Presentation material can be seen in our REPORTS page.

7 December 2013

Next Tuesday, 10th December and Wednesday, 11th December FING project partners will be holding a seminar in Sisimiut, Greenland. Børge Harestad (Petroleum Engineer) and Anna Marita Braaten (Geologist) from SOTS will be speaking at the seminar (see program attached).

It starts at 9:00 in Sisimiut but will be transmitted live to Akureyri (Iceland) and Tórshavn (Faroe Islands) at 12:00 local time; as well as Stavanger at 13:00.

Anyone interested in attending please see our contact page for relevant partner nations.

30 September 2013

Project partners met this 20th September in Copenhagen at NORA/Nordatlantens brygge. High on the agenda was planning for the upcoming Oil & Gas Seminar to be held in November this year in Sisimiut. Two specialists in the field will be addressing concerns such as the impact of exploration drilling on the environment and in particular on the fishing industry, what is needed to be a supply base for the oil and gas industry, and what the implications are for education/training needs; among others.

The Seminar will be transmitted live from Sisimiut to Akureyri, Torshavn and Stavanger. Those interested in attending are welcome.

3 December 2012

FING partners are to meet in Copenhagen 5 and 6 December 2012 to discuss project status and address strategy development. Among the key issues to be addressed are how this project can best answer the needs of the oil and gas industry in terms of developing high levels of skills and competencies. Minutes from the meeting will follow shortly.

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