Nov 30

MTCS (UK) Ltd set to impress China’s offshore engineering construction company, COOEC

During the recent state visit to Britain, by China’s President, Xi Jinping, UK based, MTCS (UK) Ltd (Maritime Training and Competence Solutions), were on location in Shenzen, delivering important High Voltage training to COOEC personnel, China’s offshore engineering construction company.

UK Ministers were expecting more than £30bn of trade and investment deals to be struck during the President’s visit, with the Treasury hoping that within 10 years China will be Britain’s second biggest trading partner.

With this in mind, Richard Warburton, Managing Director, MTCS (UK) Ltd said: “We are delighted to be working with COOEC personnel to ensure they are certified in High Voltage safety to meet the requirements of the global market. The intensive training and assessment program took place in Shenzen, China, in the workshop facilities of COOEC using an SMD Quantum work class ROV system. The candidates completed an assessment of knowledge and practical skills, which required them to demonstrate a full Electrical Isolation on the ROV system in accordance with industry guidelines.

“Delivering Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) training courses in China is an exciting new market for us, although we have been training in South East Asia for a few years now. We look forward to a continued excellent working relationship with COOEC.”

MTCS (UK) Ltd are world leaders in the provision of High Voltage Training and assessment for ROV Personnel and are a fully accredited assessment and training centre providing a spectrum of operational, technical and supervisory training to the global offshore industry. The majority of their courses focus on Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) as used in the oil & gas, nuclear and renewables industry.

Xiao Gang, ROV Department Training Manager, COOEC Subsea Technology, China’s offshore engineering construction company, said: “We were very impressed with the MTCS (UK) Ltd High Voltage training course, as it was run in a very professional manner and our personnel found Mr Warburton to have the right balance of being both friendly and delivering his training in a helpful and accessible way. We look forward to working with MTCS (UK) Ltd in the future.”

COOEC boasts world-class competencies and international operation procedures and management standards. Designs implemented by COOEC are advanced worldwide. Large-scale offshore engineering manufacturing bases with total area of 3.5 million m2 have been completed in Tanggu of Tianjin Municipality, Qingdao of Shandong Province and Zhuhai of Guangdong Province, realising the base layout across the country for functional complementation to cover shallow and deepwater engineering and develop the global market.

MTCS (UK) Ltd also deliver HV theory by Distance Learning along with a portfolio of other Distance learning courses, the latest of which is Fibre Optic training for ROV operators.
For further information on MTCS (UK) Ltd, please contact Gail Bartolf, MTCS, Tel: 015394 40205 or email

Feb 19

MTCS (UK) Ltd training in Nigeria

MTCS have delivered their first ROV Induction Course in Lagos, Nigeria. Eight candidates successfully passed the final exam, their first step towards progressing through the MTCS Competence Management Scheme progressing to Pilot Technician I.
The MTCS Induction Course follows IMCA Guidelines and has been successfully run in the UK for eleven years and Singapore for three years.
Richard Warburton, Managing Director at MTCS said ‘we have detected a requirement for this course to be delivered in West Africa and therefore looked for a local partner. Vision Subsea Nigeria Ltd is an indigenous ROV service company with a wealth of local expertise in assisting in the setting up of the Induction Courses’
The Course included operational training with a seaeye falcon with extensive technical training including fault finding and maintenance training.
MTCS already have an established client base in the region and this is seen as a positive step towards offering quality subsea training solutions in Nigeria, put together in a cost effective package without the need for visa’s and expensive travelling costs, it means the Course can now be accessed by even more people who would not have the opportunity had the course been run in the UK.

Maritime Training and Competence Solutions Ltd (MTCS) is a world leader in training and competence for personnel working in the offshore energy sector with a particular focus on subsea technology.

As a fully accredited training and assessment centre we work closely with companies to ensure their personnel are deemed competent in safety critical, operational and technical activities. We ensure our clients are fully compliant with the rigorous requirements of the industry with respect to competence of personnel.
For further details contact Gail@mtcs.info20150206_105524

Dec 19

Offshore testing underway for Surveyor Interceptor ROV – via Offshore Energy today

Reach Subsea and MMT Sweden AB have announced today that after one week of offshore testing from the vessel Edda Fonn, a survey ROV called the Surveyor Interceptor is performing according to expectations, and “both on speed and the survey data quality”. 

To remind, Reach has together with its survey partner MMT and manufacturer Kystdesign developed the Surveyor Interceptor.

It is designed to carry survey instrumentation to perform pipeline inspection, route surveys, subsea installation surveys and environmental surveys down to 2.000 m water depth. Reach Subsea says that given the vehicle’s features, including the hydra- dynamic shape, it is intended to deliver ultra high- resolution data at a substantial lower cost per km compared with today’s assets.

“We are so far very pleased with the results and the data quality and performance is within or above expectations. The Surveyor Interceptor will be ready for commercial work for 2015 and we are looking forward to presenting this innovative ROV to our clients,” says Jostein Alendal (CEO, Reach) and Ola Oskarsson (founder and project leader, MMT).


Offshore testing underway for Surveyor Interceptor ROV

Oct 23

We are pleased to announce our first USA ROV Induction Course in Houston

We are pleased to announce our first USA Induction Course running in Houston from 1st to 10th December 2014.

MTCS Ltd specialise in providing ROV training and competence assurance services to the offshore industry on an international basis.

In addition to training personnel on behalf of the operating companies, we also provide introductory training to personnel wishing to gain employment in the industry. Working closely with the operating companies therefore allows us to introduce successful candidates to the industry on completion of the course.

MTCS Ltd is a fully accredited training centre and our courses meet the industry requirements as laid down by the trade association IMCA,

We include a blended learning program that begins with a 10 day induction course focusing on technical and operational concepts within the ROV industry.

Upon successful completion of this course, the candidate will also be registered in to the Certificate of Competence Scheme. At this stage guidance on job applications will be given. As part of the course a hydraulics training booklet in electronic format will also be issued this will support the blended learning program. This program also includes assessment and feedback on performance offshore and should typically take 12 – 18 months to achieve PTI status.

Potential candidates must have a comprehensive technical background in either electrical, electronics systems or mechanical, hydraulic systems, experience must focus on maintenance and first line fault finding.

If this is of interest to you please contact the sales team on +44 15394 40200 or by email:

Oct 13

Subsea World News – EMAS AMC Bags $300 Mln Subsea Gig from Noble Energy

Subsea World News – “The scope of work includes engineering, procurement, construction and installation of subsea tie-backs for the Big Bend, Dantzler and Gunflint field developments in the US Gulf of Mexico.

The project management, engineering and procurement are already well underway from EMAS AMC’s Houston office with fabrication of the 16 subsea structures, and stalking and spooling of over 160 miles (258 km) of line pipe, in progress at the recently upgraded EMAS Marine Spool Base facility in Ingleside, Texas.

Offshore execution is scheduled for 2015, utilising five EMAS AMC offshore construction vessels including the newbuild, ultra-high tension, deepwater reel lay and heavy lift vessel, the Lewek Constellation.

Following the successful completion of the Tamar project, I am particularly grateful for the continued trust and confidence that the Noble Energy team has shown in our people and our capabilities. It is a testament of our ability in delivering operational excellence and results,” said Mr Lionel Lee, Ezra’s Group CEO and Managing Director.

“With our flagship vessel Lewek Constellation, we are helming the future of the subsea industry, and with her in operation, we will continue to drive our growth as a premier global subsea tie-back contractor.”

Oct 08

Carl Bates, ROV Induction Feedback.

“Yes I really enjoyed Dunoon, it was a good experience and some good real time experience. Richard is a good guy and very knowledgeable.  I would recommend the course to anyone who’s wants a career in the ROV industry. It’s a close as you can get to the real thing.  Some real time things went wrong and we had to adapt and make changes as a team

I just want to thank yourself and all the staff at MTCS for such a welcoming and professional experience”

Sep 25

My day at Capernwray Diving Centre with Gardline

Capernwray Diving centre is the location we use to train our candidates on our ROV, so I thought I would go down to take a look, take a few pictures and maybe even have a go myself!

It was very interesting to see them in action, operating the ROV on the stimulator and seeing exactly what was underwater, Capernwray diving centre have placed Planes,Boats,Cranes and much more underwater for the candidates to have a good look around with the ROV, it was also a great way to find out a bit more about the team. Once the guys had settled in it was then my go to control the ROV, a great experience for me.

Check out a few pictures I took of my day in Capernwray.

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Sep 23

Hydraulics Distance Learning


In the offshore industry, Distance Learning provides a large number of unique answers to training and educating when otherwise the remote locations may make learning and tracking employees difficult

MTCS has been offering productive and well-respected solutions in this space for years but have recently ramped up the production of new core courses like HVSA, Hydraulics and Assessor Skills for the industry designing a new framework for offshore Distance Learning and Competence assessment uniquely for the needs of the worldwide offshore industry.

Check out our new Hydraulics Distance Learning Video…

If you are interested please feel free to contact us on either; or +44 15394 40200

Sep 09

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Jul 11

MTCS & KBA to bring ROV High Voltage courses to Aberdeen

Maritime Training & Competence Solutions (MTCS) say thoroughly assessed aptitude in High Voltage used on ROVs is essential among trainees – and even experienced personnel in the subsea field. In commercial ROVs the voltage can be in the area of 48volts and can go up to 1000, so correct use when carrying out repairs and maintenance is imperative.


With this in mind, MTCS and KB Associates Group of Companies (KBA), who already run courses in Singapore, will be jointly delivering Open Courses in High Voltage Safety at KBA’s facility in Altens, Aberdeen.


The ROV High Voltage course builds skills in troubleshooting, repair and maintenance, which will prepare a Pilot Technician to operate the ROV in a safe and skilful manner.


With training and competence playing a key role in today’s industry, the joint partnership has been a leading initiative that will establish new benchmarks within the ROV industries. Moreover, the synergy and passion for safety, training and competence by both organisations has certainly placed them in the frontier to continuously deliver a more comprehensive training solution to the subsea industry.


KBA provide an integrated professional specialist solution for consultancy and training that fosters safety excellence and quality in the Offshore Oil & Gas industry and onshore terminals construction industries.


Darren Brunton (CFIOSH), the Managing Director of KBA, brings a wide range of safety management expertise, hands-on experience of offshore operations, compliance and training deliverables in all the courses planned by both companies.


Darren commented: “The aim of the partnership is to raise safety awareness alongside with first-class training to the subsea industry, whereby the model has been extremely successful in Singapore and will be replicated in Aberdeen. In addition, KBA’s facility is strategically located in Altens, Aberdeen; offering MTCS a platform to bring its brands and training to the Scottish region.”


The Altens facility, houses dedicated equipment for assessing personnel in the critical Electrical Isolation procedures required, prior to any maintenance that will take place on ROV systems. This course is suitable for those who have completed the two-day course and MTCS & KBA can also assess delegates that have taken the distance learning option.


Gail Bartolf, Global Sales Coordinator for MTCS, said: “MTCS and KBA have a proven track record in delivering high-quality training together and our high voltage courses are the defacto standard for much of the ROV industry, reflecting both industry best practice and current legislation whilst satisfying IMCA R005.”


MTCS is a fully accredited assessment and training centre, whose head office is based in the Lake District and currently manage the largest independent assessment and certification programme for people involved in Subsea Operations such as ROV, Diving and Hydrographic Survey. Providing a full IMCA-aligned Competence Scheme Management service, MTCS ensure personnel are demonstrating competence in the offshore workplace.


Beside regular open schedules, companies also have the option of in-house bespoke programme, where they can focus on their own in-house equipment and procedures.

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