ONS 2014

TRAC exhibited at Offshore North Seas (ONS) in Norway, August 2014

This year’s ONS exhibition, held in Stavanger during August, proved as successful as ever with a continued increase in visitor and exhibitor numbers.

As one of the largest events in the industry calendar, ONS creates a forum to discuss current issues and challenges with leading industry professionals, executives and experts from the global oil & gas community.

TRAC’s objective for the exhibition was to raise further awareness of company capabilities as a market leading provider of innovative service offerings.

The TRAC delegation met with many current and potential customers & partners operating in the Norwegian sector, whilst gaining valuable insight into the Norwegian oil & gas markets.

TRAC Oil & Gas Operations Director, Gordon Cook, said;

“Exhibiting at ONS 2014 was seen as essential to progress our global business development plans and it was really good to catch up with our existing customers in Norway. This year saw record breaking attendance ensuring that we maximised the opportunity to exhibit our capabilities and latest innovations.”


TRAC Stand at ONS 2014 (Photo featured in ONS Round Up.) L-R: Thomas Hislop, Sam Peacock and Gordon Cook

TRAC Golf Outing 2014


The 15th of August saw the 9th TRAC Golf Outing with a good number of clients, suppliers and employees competing at Newburgh Golf Club in some pretty fortunate weather. Everyone made the most of the day which made for some competitive scoring.


The winning team consisted of Paul Stephen (TRAC), John Selbie (EESL) and John Fleming (Maersk). The best individual player on the day was Keith Skinner (EESL) with a  competitive 41 Stableford points. The hotly contested TRAC Shield for best TRAC Staff performance on the day was won by Operations Manager, Paul Stephen. The day as a whole was a success with mixed teams from different companies providing some superb golf and camaraderie.

Well done to all those who took part and we can’t wait for next year!


Keith Skinner receiving his award from Danny Hawthorn and Jack Bruce of TRAC, after scoring an impressive 41 points.

Successful Protective Coatings Lunch & Learn Event

TRAC worked with one of our suppliers, Sherwin Williams, to deliver a Protective Coatings lunch & learn on 30th July 2014

TRAC builds positive working relationships with all its clients and suppliers and has worked with Sherwin Williams (formerly Leigh’s paints) for many years.  TRAC and Sherwin Williams have a strong commitment to innovation in their respective fields.  This was recognised recently when both companies were shortlisted in the EIC Award for supply chain excellence, albeit for different innovations.
The lunch and learn included practical demonstrations and covered some of the latest innovative developments in Protective Coatings & Fabric Maintenance:

  • CUI protection solutions (Heat-Flex Hi-Temp 1200)
  • Optically Activated Pigments (Opti-Check®) and Epoxy linings with return to service in as little as 24 hours (Fast Clad® ER)
  • Non-isocyanate Topcoats which achieve full coverage in a single coat application (Acrolon 1850)

Paul Stephen, TRAC Oil & Gas Operations Manager said

“We had a really positive reception from clients attending this event, the programme ran twice through the day to accommodate demand.  We would like to thank our clients for attending and Sherwin Williams for delivering the presentations.  A practical demonstration proved the capabilities of the protective coating products and the quality of service TRAC offers when providing Fabric Maintenance campaigns.”

For more information visit http://protective.sherwin-williams.com/


Announcement of Shortlisting for Supply Chain Excellence Award

Receiving a shortlisting for the EIC Award for Supply Chain Excellence, TRAC has displayed a commitment to innovation and supply chain performance


TRAC has been shortlisted by an independent judging panel of industry experts for the prestigious EIC Award for Supply Chain Excellence, entries were said to be of an exceptionally high standard, with the awards ceremony to be held in the national museum of Natural History in London.  The shortlisting emphasises TRACs excellent capabilities providing superior supply chain service performance, with a relentless focus on delivery, utilising the innovative technology of  mini-Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs).

Recent investment in a fleet of mini-ROVs represents innovative use of innovative technology.  This allowed TRAC to achieve an industry first when a workscope to gain a full vessel class certification (including use of ultrasonic thickness measurement gauge) was engineered by TRACs qualified Project Managers and carried out on an FPSO by ROV Pilots and NDT inspectors.  Detailed defect reports could then be produced, complete with a visual record to assist in continuous monitoring.


Mini-ROVs offer a safe, efficient, flexible and versatile means of visual inspection for a variety of workscopes including water ballast tanks, shell plating checks and mooring chain checks, reducing risk and providing a cost effective solution.  There are also applications in the inshore industries and aquaculture.

TRAC Oil & Gas Operations Director, Gordon Cook, commented

“We are very pleased to be shortlisted for this award, TRAC is currently celebrating its 15th Anniversary year and this latest innovation contributes to the company’s continued success.  We would like to thank our staff who were involved in the nomination process and those who engineer and carry out the workscopes.  I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate the other companies shortlisted and wish them the best in the next stage of judging.”

Click here to learn more about the award and shortlisting


Appointment of New Technical Manager

Bill Brown joins TRAC

TRAC is pleased to announce the appointment of Bill Brown as Technical Manager.

A Chartered Engineer with PCN & CSWIP Level 3 certification, Bill has over forty years experience in the Rope Access & NDT industry.Bill holds a first class honours degree in NDT from the University of Northampton.

Over the past twenty years, Bill has held senior management positions within the Rope Access / NDT contracting and NDT / Inspection training businesses.

Bill joins TRAC Oil & Gas’ Senior Management Team to contribute to the current high standards of inspection and testing service provision.

The development of formal in-service Inspection / NDT techniques together with relevant formal personnel competence levels, technical procedure writing and process evaluation are very much in keeping with the TRAC philosophy.

Bill has always been a very active Member of the British Institute of NDT. Recently elected to Council and as a member of the General Technical Committee of the Institute, he has made a significant contribution to the development of training and certification of personnel within the industry.

Originally for many years with the Scottish Branch in Glasgow, in the early eighties, he initiated the North East Scotland Branch in Aberdeen and, as Hon. Branch Secretary, contributes to the organisation of the many technical and social events of the Branch.

TRAC looks forward to the development and expansion of their global capability that this appointment brings to the company.