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PORT OF CROMARTY FIRTH: A ‘SAFE PAIR OF HANDS’ FOR OIL AND GAS BUYERS

Port of Cromarty Firth, Invergordon has demonstrated its capability to deliver high quality services to the oil and gas sector by joining the Achilles FPAL Verify network. The east coast port, which has serviced the North Sea oil and gas sector for over 40 years, was audited on the 15th September 2017 under the Achilles FPAL Verify Audit programme. Achilles FPAL Verify is a rigorous independent assessment of an organisation’s capability across several areas, including QHSE and Competence & Training.

Forty major national and international oil and gas companies have selected Achilles FPAL Verify as their preferred industry audit programme. Achilles then carries out an on-site audit of selected key information aligned to Oil & Gas industry QHSE and Competence & Training requirements. These buyers also use the Achilles FPAL questionnaire to streamline pre-qualification and manage risk consistently among 3,500 Oil & Gas Industry suppliers.  

Malcolm Wilson, Director of Achilles FPAL, said, “By participating in the FPAL Verify Audit programme, Port of Cromarty Firth has demonstrated a clear commitment to meet the high QHSE and Competence & Training standards that this industry correctly demands. The Achilles FPAL Verify programme includes an important and mandatory commitment to continuous improvement which meets the demanding requirements of this industry. This will help put the company in the best possible position to secure a pipeline of work opportunities from major oil and gas buyers”.

Robin Critchard of Maersk Oil and Chair of the FPAL Verify Steering Group, said, “Achilles FPAL Verify provides critical information to enable an independent, fair and open procurement process. By sharing the commitment towards its collaborative use, it also reduces and removes duplication of effort for buyers and suppliers alike'. 

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