Fugro's remotely operated vehicle (ROV) introductory training course at Turnchapel Wharf has received International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) approval, marking a significant milestone for the company and the offshore industry at large. This world-first endorsement ensures that only appropriately trained and competent individuals enter the ROV industry, helping to maintain high safety standards and quality services to clients.

Participants will have the opportunity to attend the course in person at Fugro's recently opened ROV Training Centre of Excellence – a part of the Fugro Academy Training Centre at Turnchapel Wharf, the home of UK maritime autonomy. The comprehensive training programme is designed to provide participants with a strong foundation in the ROV industry, covering a wide range of topics, including the history and development of the ROV industry, safety, environmental considerations, and hazard management.

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The highest quality ROV training

Meeting IMCA requirements, all new trainees must have a suitable educational background and a minimum of three years’ work experience in a relevant field before joining the course. This ensures that participants have a strong foundation and the necessary industry-specific knowledge to succeed in the programme. Additionally, all trainees must pass a written exam and complete all course modules to obtain certification. By adhering to these rigorous standards, Fugro ensures that its trainees receive the highest quality education, preparing them to become competent and successful professionals in the ROV industry.

Caption (L-R): Cody Webb, Fugro’s Global Head of Technical Training and Competence, receives IMCA certificate from Allen Leatt, CEO of IMCA

"Fugro's commitment delivering world-class ROV training asserts their position as the industry leaders in this growing sector "

"Fugro has consistently strived for excellence, using their facility at Turnchapel Wharf to trial and test their pioneering, remotely operated vessels and technology. Their importance and value to Plymouth in terms their contribution to the local economy cannot be underestimated and this new ROV Training Centre of Excellence also recognises Turnchapel Wharf’s position as the home of UK maritime autonomy. This IMCA approval reaffirms their position as the leaders in providing training across the growing ROV industry."

- Ryan Bonney, Manager at Turnchapel Wharf

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"Remote operations are increasingly important"

Allen Leatt, CEO of International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) said: "We’re delighted to have worked closely with Fugro to introduce the first IMCA-approved ROV training course. Remote operations are increasingly important to the offshore sector, and our curriculum has been developed to ensure all new technicians are firmly grounded in the basics of the industry, prior to more advanced and practical training. It establishes a verifiable standard which improves safety in our sector, and we hope others around the world will be inspired by Fugro’s approach."

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"High-quality training programmes"

Cody Webb, Fugro’s Global Head of Technical Training and Competence said: "We are proud to have received IMCA's approval for our ROV introductory training course. This accreditation reinforces our commitment to providing high-quality training programmes that meet industry standards and ensure that professionals are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed."

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