“We always take pride in the fact that we come from this environment and we know what it’s like to be at sea. Ultimately the most important thing is that everyone comes home safe.”

- Allison Crawford, Marketing Specialist, VMT

A harsh weather environment and the presence of risk is a daily fact of life for those working offshore in the oil and gas industry. However, with proper training and continuous education, these potential dangers can be efficiently managed and reduced. 

For 15 years, Virtual Marine has been training offshore workers in the use of lifeboats, fast rescue crafts, the navigation of icy waters and proper protocol in other hazardous situations. 

VMT specializes in making state-of-the-art lifeboat training simulators. These immersive simulators, which are tailor made for each client, reproduce the actual lifeboats oil and gas workers would use offshore, making them an effective and efficient training tool. Be it in virtual reality, desktop simulations or in full-scale replica cockpit simulators – these simulators provide a platform with which oil and gas producers can have their staff practice various scenarios building competencies in a controlled environment. By moving the industry to a simulated lifeboat training environment, Virtual Marine is making offshore emergency and operational training safer for everyone in the oil and gas industry.

Located in St. John’s Newfoundland, Virtual Marine has clients all over the globe but the team is made up of tried and true Newfoundlanders. As locals, Virtual Marine employees know what it’s like living and working in the relentless North Atlantic climate, giving them hands-on knowledge of the conditions offshore workers find themselves in. 

Allison Crawford, one of the newest members of the Virtual Marine team, said “We know the significance of our maritime history, particularly from the perspective of oil and gas. All our research stems from the Ocean Ranger. The idea of simulation came after that tragedy. And where we are now comes from years and years of research on how to prevent a catastrophe like that. We feel it’s really close to home, no matter where we go. We always take pride in the fact that we come from this environment and we know what it’s like to be at sea. Ultimately the most important thing is that everyone comes home safe.”

As the first company in the world to bring lifeboat simulation to the offshore oil and gas industry, Virtual Marine wears the responsibility of improving safety standards with pride.

Contributor bio

Allison Crawford, Marketing Specialist
Virtual Marine

A Newfoundland native and 2003 graduate of Memorial University, Allison brings over fifteen years of marketing experience to the Virtual Marine Technology team.