OMM calls on Westminster to ensure effective movement of offshore personnelNews // July 19, 2017
Offshore Marine Management (OMM) is calling on the UK government to ensure that the renewables industry leads the conversation on the movement of offshore personnel before making a deal on Brexit.
Taking a step forward to ensure a realistic future for renewables in the UK and help to secure a flexible workforce, OMM is encouraging the decision makers in Westminster to learn from the industry and listen to the potential threats and opportunities available.
Calls to facilitate a flexible workforce and to manage industry certification will be on the agenda to ensure that complications within renewables are limited.
OMPA, sister company of OMM, who train and provide personnel for the offshore and marine industries, have backed the need for effective communications to secure a stable base of qualified workforce that has the ability to continue to move freely within Europe.
Without this, OMPA claims, due to the increase of paperwork, there will be a reduction of personnel which will see a bottleneck in the availability of UK workers in EU waters and vice versa. Any reduction could see daily rates of personnel skyrocket.
The call comes after the Home Office announced a concession to the immigration rules to allow the employment of non-European Economic Area nationals who are joining vessels engaged in the construction and maintenance of offshore wind projects in UK territorial waters. The concession ends on 21 October 2017.
OMM director Rob Grimmond said: “It’s vital that the government talk to the industry to get a real picture of what is at threat for the renewables industry, especially offshore wind and marine energy, if the movement of people is limited.
"An increase in certification paired with restricted movement costs time and money to both the UK and the EU economy. Our trained and experienced workers look to be missing out on opportunities because of the potential delays in installation caused by a lack of free moving and qualified workforce who are then unable to provide a full crew to these costly installation vessels.”
Antony Lewis of OMPA said: “We want to secure the future of the offshore workforce moving forward, especially as decisions are made leading up to Brexit. It is important that we engage with the government to ensure the best deal possible for the industry is struck.”