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Supervisors Workshop 2016

We recently delivered one of our regular Supervisors Safety & Leadership Workshops. The course was invaluable given the current industry climate where service quality, consistency and competence are always important. Roles and responsibilities of supervisors were covered and technicians gave open feedback regarding what they expect from TRAC as an employer. Designed in-house, the course was specific to our supervisors needs and was delivered at our purpose built training facility. The course was presented by TRAC department heads. Guest speaker Les Linklater, Executive Director from Step Change in Safety, gave an articulate presentation on Safety and Leadership including the characteristics of a good leader. Topics the course covered were areas that supervisors deal with on a daily basis such as:
  • Project Management
  • Supervising
  • Industry Overview
  • Logistics & Support
  • Dealing with Conflict
  • Risk Assessment
  • Business Development
TRAC Les Linklater Presentation
Les Linklater, Step Change in Safety Executive Director, delivering the Safety and Leadership presentation
It’s important that our teams and supervisors are aware of our core values. We aim to deliver Best in Class performance and the course was designed with this in mind, ensuring competence and staff development of trained supervisors. Attendees were of mixed trade, rope access and inspection competencies and it was our objective to continue our safe ethos and protect our enviable safety record. At the conclusion of the course, the supervisors successfully presented on the topics covered which demonstrated their understanding.
TRAC Supervisors Workshop
Bill Brown, Technical Manager, delivering an introductory overview
One of the supervisors commented on the course; “Learned something (a good few things) about outboard working and risk assessing ad-hoc (add on) scopes – what to cover and make relevant”. Planning for the next course has already commenced as part of our commitment to the personal development of our staff, we actively monitor and develop the competence of our staff and hold the Investors in People accreditation.

Long Service Awards

TRAC issues long service awards each year to staff in recognition of their achievements, commitment and loyalty to our business. We are proud of our staff retention rates and retaining extensive knowledge, skills and experience is key to moving us forward in the current market conditions and beyond. People have always been at the centre of TRAC and our values which include loyalty, achievement and personal development. Our Investors in People accreditation also acknowledges TRAC to be a positive and enjoyable place to work where we get the best performance from both our office and field staff.
(L-R) TRAC Staff Tommy van Huuksloot and Paul Manson receiving their awards

Charities Update

We support a number of charities throughout the year and over the festive season TRAC staff raised more than £750 for charitable causes. The Giving Tree Our staff always enjoy donating gifts to The Giving Tree. This is the 8th year we have contributed to the appeal which is run by Instant Neighbour and supported by Chevron. In 2015, we saw generous donations with TRAC matching the total to buy lots of gifts! The Giving Tree delivers around 6,000 gifts to families in the North East who can’t afford presents for their children on Christmas day. We hope that these gifts helped put smiles on many faces!
Some of our staff with the Giving Tree gifts
Samaritans Purse Appeal Some of our staff filled shoe boxes with toys and gifts for the Samaritans Purse appeal which distributed more than 42,000 boxes to places like Mozambique. Movember In November, we raised an impressive £520 for the Movember men’s health campaign – well done to our participants who grew moustaches for this worthy cause! Transition Extreme Sponsorship We also became proud sponsors of Transition Extreme this year – a modern social enterprise and charity which uses urban sports to engage the local youth population.
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Offshore Europe 2015

TRAC exhibited at Offshore Europe from 8-11 September 2015. We are always pleased to exhibit at one of the largest Oil & Gas events in the world, and have done so now for many years. At the show we met with many current and prospective clients, discussing our service capabilities. Although the focus was on North Sea Operations it was a good opportunity to talk about TRAC’s regional offices in Brasil and Australia. Our Services: Rope Access Engineering Support Inspection & Testing Remote Inspection Marine Class Survey & Repair Mechanical & Electrical Rigging & Lifting Fabric Maintenance Fire Protection Systems Training We shared recent news and developments, showcasing our latest innovations with demonstrations of Phased Array and Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV).
Paul McLean demonstrating Phased Array Techniques
Our ROV capabilities include the approved utilisation of Mini ROV’s to carry out water ballast tank inspection and thickness measurements to meet class requirements.
Richard Allison demonstrating our ROV to some clients
Despite current market conditions, the general feeling at the show was more optimistic than expected. We feel it was one of the most successful shows we have exhibited at as a company. Our Champagne Reception held on the Wednesday was once again well received by guests.
Champagne Reception on the stand
We have already been following up on many positive leads from key decision makers who came along to see us. Overall, we feel it was a great event delivered by a team effort from TRAC staff. If you couldn’t make it to our stand at the show, please contact us to find out more.

Brasil Offshore 2015

TRAC Petróleo e Gás LTDA was pleased to exhibit at the recent Brasil Offshore 2015 exhibition in Macaé – the heart of Brasil’s Oil & Gas industry. We have exhibited at a number of events in Brasil since 2013 including OTC Brasil and Rio Oil & Gas. Last year we made a commitment to the Brasilian economy, setting up permanent office and training premises in Macaé with a workforce comprised of over 90% Brasilian citizens.
TRAC’s office and training premises in Macaé, Brasil
Brasil Offshore 2015 was an excellent opportunity to celebrate the continued success of our established presence and operations in Brasil.
TRAC’s Gordon Cook, Ruben Mateus, Rohanna Dias and Wilian Velozo on the Stand
We were pleased to share stand space with our partners EDRA and successfully met our wider objectives for the event. These included; continuing to raise awareness of TRAC in Brasil as a local service provider, sharing our latest news and developments, speaking to prospective and current clients. We also had the opportunity to showcase TRAC’s capabilities as a supplier delivering Best in Class performance achieving innovative, efficient and cost saving results.
TRAC and EDRA staff together on the Stand
During the exhibition, we announced a recent contract award. TRAC will be working with Consórcio Integra Offshore to provide Rope Access, Inspection, Repair and Maintenance services to their end client Petrobras. This positive news along with the other contracts we hold place our Brasilian operations strongly, contributing significantly to TRAC’s global turnover figure.

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