MSTS Training Centre Visit by IOSH Singapore Branch

8 March 2016

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IOSH Singapore members ventured across the causeway to Malaysia to visit the MSTS training faculties located at Pasir Gudang Johor on the 5 March, 2016.

After an approx. 1.5hr journey we were greeted by the breath-taking oceanic view and state of the art training facilities including the purpose-built training barge, emergency management suite, fire and emergency response training centre as well as the skill development training centre.

It was an eye opening experience as the majority of the members are not involved in the offshore related industry sector or the safety and emergency requirements that are needed to be trained in.

The day was started by MSTS Regional Managing Director Mr. Andy Paterson who gave us a detailed overview of the services and training offered at MSTS – this was followed by Richard Ng – Senior Trainer explaining one of the new underwater emergency escape breathing apparatus units that it is now required to be trained on if traveling by helicopter offshore in UK, Norway and some countries in this region as well.

During the day we boarded the MSTS specially designed training barge for safety and survival training, which included demonstrations of a free fall life boat and helicopter underwater escape training.

‘Andy, led a team of professional trainers and showed us realistic training of helicopter underwater escape techniques underlined by comprehensive job safety analysis. We were equally fascinated by deployment of the free fall lifeboat, totally enclosed lifeboats and a wide range of the latest evacuation system and appliances’ said Sok Hwee Seah.

The trainers brought us through realistic and challenging emergencies of the offshore industry in a controlled environment inside the emergency management suite, showing us how the Offshore Installation Managers are trained to consider all emergency eventualities and assessed on their responses during the examination phase of the training- it was obvious that this particular course is one of importance with the past events of oil platforms catching fire and pipeline leaks occurring.

The last station for us to see was the fire and emergency response training centre. Our members toured around the multi-level fire and smoke house. One of our members had the privilege to put her basic firefighting skills into practice by putting out an actual oil based fire using the ‘smother method’ to stop the fire.


"For someone outside of the offshore industry, the visit provided valuable insight to the intricate coordination behind an emergency response situation. I'm impressed by the practical demonstrations which mimic realistic scenarios to help participants to gain a sense of realism during an emergency evacuation. Overall, it was an eye-opening experience and it helped to broaden my health and safety knowledge in other industries." said Sara Ho after the trip.

Some lessons learnt from the visit by Kenny Chen have been - why install 2 colours of seat belts for 2 seats that close to each other? That is because to prevent passenger mistakenly fasten a wrong seat belt during boarding of the helicopter.

Seat belts

When using the life boat they can be launched by conventional davit lowering systems or by a free fall drop system – in the free fall life boat the seats are designed to be seated facing upward and head strap to be fastened to prevent our spine and neck injuries during an impact in the event of free falling to the sea.

Sea 1  Sea 2

Helicopter underwater escape training simulator was an eye opening to equip passengers during an emergency situation for survival. 

Helicopter under water

One of the accreditation programme that is offered by MSTS uses a fully equipped control room with the latest range of simulation software which simulates various major emergency training that can occur offshore. This simulation software put managers and their teams through realistic and challenging scenarios.

programme image 1  programme image 2

MSTS also has a Fire and Emergency Response Training Centre consisting of a large multi-level fire and smoke house simulate all types of basic and advanced fire and emergency training such as raised heli deck and confined space to meet the resources involved in oil and gas exploration and production, processing energy, production, transportation, storage, warehousing and manufacturing.

training centre 

The Frog

During the visit our Branch Chairman Darren Brunton asked if anyone could guess what the structure in the photo was called – after several guesses and clues being provide the right answer was given - The Frog is an operational tool for crew transfer and protects passengers from risks with a safe and comfortable journey both to and from vessel to offshore.  
Some would accommodate a stretcher makes the Frog the ideal method for rapid transfer of injured or sick personnel.  The picture is of an ‘old Frog’ and is only used for show during training activities.

The frog

MSTS offer more than 150 different wide range of internationally accredited courses under 5 main disciplines in Survival Emergency Response, Occupational Health & Safety, Personal Safety, Skill Development and IMO STCW 95.

MSTS currently operates five training centre in Asia together with Falck Safety Service Group. All five training centre are strategically located close to oil and gas, marine and industrial hubs in the region.

In Malaysia, MSTS operates a purpose-built training Barge and integrated Fire and Emergency Response Training ground and skill development Facilities in Pasir Gudang, Johor and a modern training complex in Miri, Sarawak. MSTS also has integrated training complex in Singapore as well as in Thailand and Vietnam.