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Specialist Training Programs in Marine Environment, PMSC, Marine Accident and Incident Investigation, Risk Management, & Other Training Courses In Southampton


Founded in 1950 as a government research station, ABPmer is a leading marine consultancy that has been advising clients and undertaking applied research and is known for its knowledge of the marine environment, technical ability and emphasis on service excellence. Located in Southampton, ABPmer knowledge has been applied to projects and imparted specialist marine environmental advice to developers, industry, managers and regulators across the globe. ABPmer is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Associated British Ports Holdings Ltd, which also owns Associated British Ports (ABP), the largest port operator in the UK.

Since its inception ABPmer was specialized in managing and developing the marine environment in harmony with the natural system and processes therein. The knowledge and technical ability has been applied to offshore wind developments, harbor deepenings, coastal defense schemes, marina berths, waterside power stations and tidal lagoons as well as to assist decision makers in fisheries, marine aggregates and marine planning.

BPmer also share their extensive knowledge and experience through professional training courses and conferences. All courses are delivered by their professional staff and can take place either in our 50-seater seminar room in Southampton or at client offices.

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Training Programs

ABPmer Training Courses

  • Coastal and Marine Geographic Information System (GIS): Delivered by ABPmer’s experienced GIS consultants and GeoData’s GIS trainers, this course uses case studies and hands-on activities to show how marine and coastal datasets can be used to support decision making.
  • PMSC Duty Holder Training: The PMSC Duty Holder course covers the purpose of the Port Marine Safety Code (PMSC) Code and the role the Duty Holder has in ensuring compliance. It explains the extent of the duties, powers and responsibilities of the Duty Holder, referencing legal obligations.
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA): This course looks at the regulatory regime, the range of stakeholders involved in an EIA, the types of data needed to inform an EIA and the type of end output used.
  • Marine Accident and Incident Investigation: The two-day training course delivers the core knowledge required to understand the cause factors leading to an accident, collate the required information and compile an investigation report with recommendations for improving safety.
  • Marine Risk Management: This training course explores the principles or marine risk management, using current industry best practice examples and the principles of As Low As Reasonably Practicable. This forms part of the Port Marine Safety Code training.
  • The Port Marine Safety Code: This course looks at the structure and application of the Code and the accompanying Guide to Good Practice. The course provides an induction to the concepts within the Code, plus examples drawn from audits.

Other Courses

  • Water Framework Directive and Habitat Regulation Assessment
  • Bespoke Training and Development

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